Benton County commissioner charged with drunken driving

Benton County Commissioner Annabelle Jaramillo was also cited for failure to drive within a lane

Handcuffs, file. (Wiki Commons)
Handcuffs, file. (Wiki Commons)

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) – A county commissioner pulled over in Philomath last month has been charged with drunken driving.

The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports that Benton County Commissioner Annabelle Jaramillo was also cited for failure to drive within a lane.

Philomath Police Chief Ken Rueben said Jaramillo failed field sobriety tests and registered a blood alcohol level above the legal limit.

The Yamhill County District Attorney’s Office is handling the case to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.

Jaramillo has no prior DUIs, and District Attorney Brad Berry says the case could be resolved next month if Jaramillo requests a diversion agreement. In such a settlement, the charges would be dropped if the commissioner completes an alcohol treatment program.

Jaramillo’s attorney, Jennifer Nash, said she’s not prepared to say if her client will request diversion.

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