Police Press Releases

Date and Time of Incident:  12/15/2014 1500 hours 

Location of Incident:  Roseburg 

Type of Incident:  DUII Enforcement Patrols 

Summary:  Roseburg Police Officers will be participating in a traffic safety campaign focusing on DUII enforcement during the Christmas season.  Over the next week there will be additional Officers working various shifts to specifically target DUII drivers.  The Roseburg Police Department along with the Oregon Department of Transportation encourages all drivers to celebrate the holidays safely, and follow these tips:

? Even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk—or worse, the risk of having a crash while driving.
? If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the party begins.
? If you have been drinking, do not drive. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.
? Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.
? If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life.

Remember, it is never safe to drink and drive: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. 

Date and Time Released:  12/15/2014  1500 Hours 

Contact Person:  Sgt. Eichenbusch

Date and Time of Incident:  3/7/2015 2314 hours 

Location of Incident:  3800 Block North Umpqua Highway, Roseburg 

Type of Incident:  Fatal Vehicle Accident 

Involved Person(s):  (Deceased) Mead, Tia Lelani (35) Roseburg

                                    (D2) Carr, Deborah Ann (48) Roseburg

                                    (D3) McJunkin, Erik F. (41) Glide 

Summary:  On Saturday, March 7th around 2314 hours Officers responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian accident in the 3800 block of North Umpqua Highway.  Just prior to that, two people had called and reported that a female wearing all dark clothing was walking in the middle of the eastbound lanes of traffic in that area, and those callers had to swerve to avoid hitting her. 

At approximately 2314 hours a 2002 Chevrolet pickup, driven by Deborah Carr struck Mead.  Carr immediately pulled over and activated her emergency flashers.  Within moments another vehicle, a 1983 Chevrolet pickup driven by Erik McJunkin, did not see Mead and struck her again, as she was still partially in the roadway.  McJunkin also pulled over immediately. 

Roseburg Police Officers, Roseburg Fire Department personnel and District #2 EMTs responded to the scene. Mead was transported to Mercy Hospital by ambulance where she was pronounced deceased.  

An Oregon State Police re-constructionist responded to assist with the investigation.  The eastbound lanes of travel were closed for about 2 ½ hours.  

This investigation is ongoing, and at this time it is unknown why Mead was walking in the roadway in that area.  Next of kin have been notified. 

Date and Time Released:  3/9/2015  1100 Hours 

Contact Person:  Sgt. Eichenbusch