Area police responded to a vehicle roll-over accident at 3 p.m. Wednesday on Highway 395 near Denny’s Restaurant in Hermiston.

The male driver was taken into police custody at the scene. Police reported the suspect in Wednesday’s theft at the Pilot truck stop in Stanfield crashed while driving drunk and trying to use a cellphone. Vincent Lee Coble, 45, of Hermiston, is in the Umatilla County Jail, Pendleton, and faces multiple charges.

Hermiston police Chief Jason Edmiston reported Coble was driving a Ford SUV north on Highway 395 a little after 3 p.m. when he went off the side of the road. He was trying to use his cellphone, over-corrected and rolled his vehicle near Denny’s.

Coble had just left the Pilot Travel Center, 2115 Highway 395, Stanfield, according to the police report, where he was the suspect in a theft that occurred minutes before the crash.

Hermiston officers took Coble to the Hermiston Police Department where he provided a breath sample, which showed a blood alcohol content of .21 percent, nearly three times the legal limit of .08 percent. Hermiston police cited Coble for driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving.

Hermiston police released Coble, but Stanfield police Chief Bryon Zumwalt was there to arrest Coble for second-degree theft, a misdemeanor for a theft of $101-$1,000 in value, and take him the Umatilla County Jail, Pendleton, where he remained as of Thursday afternoon.

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