Deputies arrest Bend woman accused of driving wrong way before head-on crash

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Beverly Marsden mug shot courtesy Deschutes County Jail

BEND, Ore. – Deputies arrested a Bend woman who they say drove the wrong way on Highway 97 and crashed head-on into another driver Wednesday morning.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office first responded to 911 calls of a dark-colored sedan driving southbound in the northbound Lanes of the Bend Parkway at Pinebrook Boulevard at 4:04 a.m.

Callers said the driver continued going the wrong way as she drove onto Highway 97. She then crashed into a northbound silver Ford Escape driven by Merle Brubaker, 69, of La Pine.

Deputies arrived at the scene and found Beverly Marsden, 60, of Bend, in a dark-colored Ford Focus. Investigators determined Marsden was impaired at the time of the collision and did not realize the highway was divided.

Neither Marsden nor Brubaker were injured in the crash, deputies said. But their vehicles sustained substantial damage.

Marsden was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, recklessly endangering and fourth-degree assault. She was lodged in the Deschutes County Adult Jail.

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