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Accident report leads to arrest

Apr 21, 2017


What started as a report of an accident Tuesday afternoon led to the arrest of a man wanted out of Los Angeles County, California.

Washington County Chief Deputy Shawn Ellingson reported that Rick Owen, 49, was arrested Wednesday evening in Marr Park campground on local charges of OWI second offense, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. During the investigation, deputies also learned that Owen was wanted out of Los Angeles County for family offense of inflicting corporal injury. Ellingson said Owen is from Lancaster, California.

“One of our deputies was dispatched out to an accident,” Ellingson said. “The initial report was the offending vehicle left the scene and was eastbound on Highway 92. Washington County Conservation officer Mark Evan was also involved in it. The driver parked at the entrance of Marr Park.”

According to the Washington County call log, a sideswipe accident had occurred at 5:02 p.m. Tuesday on Highway 92 and Spruce Avenue. The report was one of the vehicles left the scene of the accident. The vehicle was later located in Marr Park campground.

Ellingson said when deputies were investigating the incident, they had gotten Owen’s “proper ID” and run him through the 50-state database, to learn there were charges in California.

“Sometimes we have to wait on an OWI, but if their blood level is above .08 and they have drugs and alcohol in their system, they are initially accused of OWI,” Ellingson said. “Through the search they were able to find additional stuff.”

Evan confirmed Owen had arrived at Marr Park the day before he was arrested.

“The subject came into our park and the vehicle was stopped at the entrance of our park,” Evan said. “Because of the accident, deputies made sure he had medical attention first, and after that ran him.”

Evan said he was there to assist the deputies with cleanup at the park.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s office could not be reached to learn the circumstances surrounding the charges on Owen.

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