TriMet driver arrested for DUII in Hillsboro

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A TriMet bus driver was arrested Friday night for DUII, deputies said. 

Multiple callers reported a TriMet bus swerving as it traveled east on Southwest Baseline Road in Cornelius just before 9 p.m. 

Witnesses said the bus was swerving so bad that it forced a driver out of the adjoining lane. 

Deputies with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said the bus — which was marked “out of service” — was being driven by 46-year-old Vanessa Krinker. 

TriMet officials contacted Krinker and told her to stop driving. Deputies met her at Southeast Maple Street and 10th Street in Hillsboro. There was no one on the bus other than Krinker. 

Krinker was arrested for DUII and reckless driving and booked into the Washington County Jail on $2,500. She had been released by Saturday afternoon. 

Authorities said alcohol did not seem to be a factor. Toxicology tests were ordered. 

TriMet released the following statement: 

“While we cannot directly comment on personnel matters, this is a very serious allegation and TriMet is conducting an internal investigation. If found to have occurred, it could be cause for termination under our collective bargaining agreement. Such an allegation does not reflect TriMet’s core value of safety or the commitment of our agency and our nearly 1,500 operators to provide safe transit service to our community.”

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