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Stretch Limousine Crash Leads to a Bend Man's DUII Arrest
On October 31, 2018 at approximately 8:37PM Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Bear Creek Rd and Ten Barr Ranch Rd. DCSO Deputies arrived to find a black Lincoln stretch limousine Town Car crashed through a horse pasture fence and resting on a mound of rocks. Deputies contacted Christopher Ray Grant (Age 46) and Amanda Mae Gehman (Age 33), both of Bend, Oregon. Grant and Gehman reported they hired the limousine and a chauffeur for the evening. While returning home from the date, the unknown limousine driver crashed and fled before Sheriff Deputies arrived. Neither was injured in the crash. DCSO Deputies were assisted by Bend Police K-9 “Kim” and her handler BPD Officer Uballez. The team checked the area for the missing driver without success. DCSO Deputies investigated and determined that Grant was the actual driver of the limousine and failed to negotiate a sharp curve, crashing through a horse pasture fence. It was also determined Gehman was the front passenger. It was also determined Grant and Gehman fabricated the story about the dashing chauffer. The investigation also determined that speed and alcohol impairment was the primary cause of the crash. The limousine was privately owned by a third party and not part of a livery service. No horses were injured and later relocated to an adjacent pasture by the owners. Gehman was released from the scene without charges. Grant was lodged in the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Jail with the following charges: DUII Hit and Run – Property Damage Possession of a Controlled Substance - Cocaine Criminal Mischief Reckless Driving Recklessly Endangering Another Person CONTACT FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Sgt. Kent VanderKamp, 541-388-6655 or SheriffPIO@deschutes.org The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service organization providing patrol, criminal investigations, corrections, civil and search and rescue. Special operations include Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 units. Founded in 1916 and today directed by Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the more than 185,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 180 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.