JOHN DAY - Driving under the influence of a controlled substance resulted in the arrest of a 34-year-old Rathdum, Idaho, man by Oregon State Police Trooper Eric Timko on Thursday, June 24.

Timko reported he received information that a male subject driving a red 1982 Chevrolet van had nearly struck a highway worker and had been involved in an altercation with employees at a gas station in Pilot Rock.

The vehicle was reportedly southbound on Highway 395 toward Grant County.

At about 9 a.m., Timko stopped the van on Highway 395 at about milepost 90 and identified the driver of the vehicle as being Brian Carl Baca.

Troopers Atkins and Ford from the OSP post in Pendleton along with Trooper Johnson from the John Day post arrived at the scene shortly thereafter to assist.

Timko reported upon contacting the driver, he observed several indicators that he was possibly impaired. Baca consented to perform field sobriety tests which he reportedly failed.

A consent to search the vehicle was obtained from Baca and a female passenger, Lari Ray Dawn Padilla, 32, of Couer d'Alene, Idaho, at which time, troopers recovered four marijuana cigarettes from the interior of the vehicle along with what was suspected to be Psilocybin mushrooms.

Baca was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants and possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. He may also face charges of endangering a highway worker.

Baca was lodged in the Grant County Jail.

Padilla was cited for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana and released.

Timko reported she may also be charged with possession of a Schedule-1 controlled substance upon lab results of the mushrooms.

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