SUV rams into OSP cruiser -- twice

2013-06-08T12:44:00Z 2013-06-08T12:48:43Z SUV rams into OSP cruiser -- twiceBy Kyle Odegard, Albany Democrat-Herald Albany Democrat Herald

A man allegedly driving drunk on Interstate 5 stopped in the middle of the roadway, put his SUV in reverse and rammed a police car twice early Friday morning, according to Oregon State Police reports.

John Newell Little, 50, of Salem was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving and reckless endangering. He also was issued a citation to appear in Marion County Circuit Court for failure to perform the duties of a driver.

The trooper, who was getting out of his vehicle, was uninjured.

Little was released from jail without posting bail at 11:24 a.m. Friday. He is scheduled to appear in Linn County Circuit Court on July 17.

At about 1 a.m. Friday morning, the trooper responded to a complaint of an SUV driving erratically in southern Marion County on I-5.

The vehicle was reportedly swerving from shoulder to shoulder with speeds ranging from below the speed limit to nearly 90 mph.

Minutes later, the SUV reportedly ran over two stop signs at the Ankeny Hill exit and continued south.

The trooper saw the Toyota RAV4 weaving from lane to lane and attempted to stop it near Grand Prairie Road.

“The SUV continued to wander all over the road and weaved its way onto the shoulder before suddenly veering back into the travel lane where it stopped,” the report states.

The trooper pulled his cruiser behind it to block traffic and was getting out when the white reverse lights of the SUV flashed on.

“I ran up to the driver and saw he was visibly intoxicated,” wrote the trooper.

Little consented to a breath test, and his blood alcohol content was found to be 0.14 percent.

Kyle Odegard covers public safety for the D-H. He can be contacted at 541-812-6077 or

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