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The original item was published from 11/2/2023 8:05:14 AM to 11/10/2023 12:00:05 AM.

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Posted on: November 2, 2023

[ARCHIVED] After officer admonishment not to drive, man arrested for DUII and Reckless Driving

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A 3:39 a.m. on November 1,  a Eugene Police officer was near E. 15th Avenue and Mill Street writing a report related to a dispute call he had finished responded to. A man involved in the dispute appeared intoxicated on alcohol and cocaine and although there was no probable cause for a crime related to the dispute, he was concerned the man, Benjamin Charles Krenicky, age 23, might try to drive from the location. Before the officer left, he warned Krenicky multiple times to not drive, and then the officer remained nearby writing the report just in case. 

The officer spotted Krenicky leave the home and then speed past him. The officer got behind Krenicky and initiated a traffic stop, but Krenicky eluded him at a high rate of speed. The officer pursued him due to the danger he posed to others. When Krenicky got to Hilyard Street, he went down it the wrong way and the officer terminated the pursuit so as not to follow the vehicle the wrong way. 

Officers flooded the area and located Krenicky still inside of his vehicle at East 15th Avenue and Patterson Street.  Krenicky was taken into custody for DUII, Reckless Driving, Elude by Vehicle, Harassment, and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance Cocaine. He was cited for Speeding, Failing to Signal a Turn and Failure to Obey One-way.   

Case 23-16488

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