MCMINNVILLE, Ore. — No state trooper was on duty at 2 a.m. last Sunday when reports came in about a shoeless man behaving erratically in traffic on a Coast Range highway, but State Police say a Yamhill County deputy got there much faster than an off-duty trooper could have.
Authorities say the 21-year-old Willamina man jumped in and out of traffic, tossed rocks at vehicles and leaped on the hood of a car before he was fatally struck on Highway 18.
The deputy arrived in time to try CPR, but Devin Cavan was pronounced dead shortly afterward, the McMinnville News-Register reported.
It’s been years since the state patrol has had round-the-clock coverage in much of Oregon, a result of budget cuts.
The McMinnville office covers 700 square miles. Coverage, frequently a single trooper, ranges from 18 to 22 hours a day.
“While around-the-clock coverage for this office ended several years ago, that doesn’t mean OSP won’t call out a trooper to respond to emergency calls when needed,” Hastings said.
But, he said, it only took Yamhill County nine minutes to get a deputy to the scene, and there’s no way an off-duty trooper called from home could have gotten there as fast.
Cavan graduated from Willamina High in 2010. He attended a mixed martial arts fundraiser at the school last Saturday night, and authorities have not released information about his activities during the hours afterward. Hastings said the medical examiner’s office had ordered toxicology tests, and it may take several weeks to get results.
He said there was no evidence of impairment on the part of the driver of the car that hit Cavan, 58-year-old Linda Coyle of McMinnville.