William J. Voss, 22, of Joseph, was arrested Wednesday night, Feb. 6, for drunken driving of a vehicle he’d allegedly just stolen in Joseph.

Voss was charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle, a Class C felony; driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII), a Class A misdemeanor; and unlawful entry into a motor vehicle, another Class A misdemeanor.

The incident occurred shortly before 10 p.m. when a 1998 Suzuki Swift belonging to Joseph resident Ramona Brown was stolen while she was visiting a friend at 707 S. College Street. According to the Wallowa County Sheriff’s police log, Brown had left the vehicle running and was inside visiting when the vehicle was stolen.

Oregon State Police Trooper Kent Arbon pulled Voss over for apparent impaired driving only minutes later at 603 S. East Street, about one block’s distance from the point of the alleged theft.

Trooper Arbon, with assistance from Enterprise reserve deputy Marc Christman, next drove Voss to the Wallowa County Justice Center where he was given a Breathalyzer test.

According to OSP records, Voss’s alcohol blood level content registered .21, well above the legal limit of .08.

Voss was transported to the Union County Jail, in La Grande, and on the following afternoon, via video teleconference appeared before Circuit Court Judge Russ West and Wallowa County District Attorney Mona Williams. At that time Voss was advised both of his rights and the charges he is facing.

Released with conditions and no bail, Voss has been scheduled for a preliminary hearing Feb. 28.

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