On July 29 at 2:29 a.m., there was a Eugene Police Vehicle was parked on W. 7th at Madison helping with a crash at the intersection that had occurred earlier. A sergeant noticed an oncoming Plymouth Sundance, and when it didn’t appear to be stopping, he warned two other officers in the area. The sergeant and officers were reported to be less than 10 feet away when the Plymouth skidded and rear-ended the patrol vehicle.
The police vehicle was not occupied and had its headlights/running lights on and amber light bar light on when the crash occurred. Police contacted the driver, Michael Levi Baranko, age 28, and conducted an investigation. Baranko was taken to Lane County Jail on charges of DUII and Reckless Driving. He was cited for He was cited for Failure to Yield to an Emergency Vehicle and Failure to Carry his Driver’s License. The vehicle was towed from the intersection and impounded. Case 21-11544