BANDON — A Bandon-area man faces criminal charges following an alcohol-related crash that injured him and his 5-year-old son early Saturday morning in central Oregon.
Oregon State Police have charged 31-year-old Jeremy Lee Ward with driving under the influence, reckless driving, recklessly endangering another person, third-degree assault, driving while suspended, driving uninsured and failure to restrain a child passenger.
The crash occurred around 4 a.m., when a 1994 Ford Liberty driven by Ward ran off the road and into a lava rock field in the Santiam Pass area. Ward and his son were taken to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.
Neither is believed to have been wearing a seat belt.
Oregon State Police said Ward’s wife had contacted the Coos County Sheriff’s Office when the two left home Friday evening, saying she was concerned for her son’s safety because Ward had been drinking.