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Lincoln City police beef-up patrols

Modified: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014

Police Officer Oscar Escalante conducts a “horizontal gaze nystagmus” check, one of three field sobriety tests administered to motorists suspected of driving under the influence. The test measures rapid, uncontrolled eye movement caused by booze and other drugs. (Photo by Rick Beasley)

LINCOLN CITY — Very little gets by police officer Oscar Escalante, whose eyes scan the horizon like a pair of fast-working radar dishes.

“If I’m on special DUII patrol, what I’m looking for is behavior on the roads like weaving between the lines, making turns too wide, unsignalled lane changes and equipment violations,” said Escalante, a 27-year law enforcement veteran who has witnessed firsthand the high rate of injuries and fatalities caused by intoxicated motorists. “Impaired driving is one of those few crimes that is preventable. We can actually do something about it by taking a drunk driver off the road.”

For the complete article see the 08-29-2014 issue.

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