Prineville Man Revived and Arrested for DUII-Drugs After Crash in Tumalo

Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/25/18

On December 25, 2018 at approximately 2:39PM Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to a single vehicle crash on the east Tumalo grade of US Highway 20. Witnesses called 911 to report a silver Cadillac DeVille had crashed into a guard rail while driving through Tumalo. The Cadillac continued eastbound, towards Bend, when it crossed over the center line into oncoming traffic on the east grade of Highway 20.

The Cadillac, driven by Tyland John Shoals, age 28 of Prineville, OR, left the north side of the roadway and crashed into an embankment. Bystanders stopped to check on Shoals and found he was unresponsive and not breathing. Moments later and with the assistance of bystanders, DCSO Deputies arrived and provided Shoals life-saving medical aid.

Bend Fire Department Paramedics arrived to assist and he was transported to St. Charles – Bend. ODOT Incident Response also assisted with traffic control during the incident.

DCSO Deputies conducted an investigation and determined Shoals appeared to be having an emergency medical issue when he crashed the Cadillac. As a result of the investigation, Shoals was arrested for DUII – Drugs, Recklessly Endangering Another, and Reckless Driving. 

In lieu of custody, Shoals was cited and released at St Charles – Bend.

Instead of a “physical arrest”, the citation-in-lieu-of-custody releases the person on the promise to appear in court at a specified date and time. Due to privacy laws, I am unable to specify the reason a “citation-in-lieu-of custody” was used in this particular case.

However, citations-in-lieu of custody are often used when people are charged with certain misdemeanor or felony offenses, are too unhealthy or ill for jail, they require emergent medical or mental health care at a hospital or several other unusual circumstances. However, a citation-in-lieu of custody is still an “arrest” and does not discount the seriousness of the alleged crimes.

CONTACT FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:   Sgt. William Bailey, Public Information Officer, 541-388-6655 or