Deputies: Ferry operator arrested for boating under the influence

Deputies: Ferry operator arrested for boating under the influence
Brian Trussell

SALEM, Ore. – Marion County sheriff’s deputies arrested a ferry operator who they said was drunk while he drove the Wheatland Ferry Saturday.

The ferry shuttles passengers and vehicles across the Willamette River from Marion County to Yamhill and Polk Counties.

Deputies said someone on the ferry called 9-1-1 and reported that the operator was possibly drunk. The caller said the operator smelled like alcohol and tried to collect a fare twice; forgetting that he already collected it.

The operator, 57-year-old Brian Trussell of Salem, admitted to deputies that he had been drinking before his shift and that he had liquor in his lunch box.

Trussell failed a sobriety test and was taken to the Marion County Jail. He faces charges of boating under the influence and reckless endangerment.