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Newberg man runs afoul of the law


Law enforcement — State trooper arrests the man for a traffic violation and discovers he is wanted on a Washington County warrant

SHERWOOD — A Newberg man was taken into custody Tuesday after a motorist reported a possible intoxicated driver on I-5.

According to a release from the Ore­gon State Po­lice, a citizen reported to the agency’s northern command center dispatch that a possible impaired driver was southbound on I-205 near its junction with I-5 south of Tualatin. Senior Trooper Robin May was in the area working construction work zone safety enforcement and responded at about 8:39 p.m. With the aid of the caller, the trooper tracked down the suspect vehicle turning from Tualatin-Sherwood Road onto Highway 99W in Sherwood and stopped it.

Upon contact, the release said, the driver had no identification and provided a false name to the trooper. A subsequent investigation, however, determined his name as Aaron William Thomas Monken, 24, of Newberg. He was arrested for DUII and driving while suspended. May also found trace amounts of what the OSP suspects is heroin and marijuana.

Further investigation re­vealed that a warrant was issued that morning for Monken’s arrest for failure to appear in Washington County Circuit Court to face charges of strangulation, fourth-degree assault and harassment.

Monken was cited for DUII, reckless driving, identity theft, driving while suspended and unlawful possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. He was transported on the warrant to the Washington County jail. Additional charges, at the purview of the Washington County district attorney’s office, are pending.