Police arrest woman believed to have struck hydrant, releasing $520 worth of water
This story has been updated from its original version.
Sherwood police arrested and issued a citation to a 31-year-old Newberg woman in connection with shearing off a fire hydrant, which resulted in thousands of gallons of water flooding into a city street Feb. 5.
Police cited Jessica Lynn Burgess of Newberg into Washington County Circuit Court for an arraignment in May on a charge of failure to perform the duties of a driver when property is damaged. The violation is a Class A misdemeanor.
Burgess is alleged to have struck a fire hydrant on Century Drive with her Ford pickup, which resulted in the release of almost 3,000 gallons of water into the street. Value of that water was estimated to be $520, an amount that would take the average homeowner 51/2 years to use, according to Public Works Director Craig Sheldon.
In addition to the damage to pipes and the hydrant, 300 to 400 lineal feet of roadway (street and sidewalk) was damaged in the accident with repairs expected to take six to eight weeks.
Police had been searching for the person who caused the damage, offering a $3,000 reward for that individual's arrest and conviction. In addition, the city offered amnesty from criminal prosecution if the guilty party turned themselves in.
Capt. Mark Daniel, a spokesman with the Sherwood Police Department, said the department was given information on who may have been involved in the accident.
However, it wasn't a tip per se, rather investigative effort by officers, that lead to Burgess' arrest, said Daniel, noting he is not sure at this point whether or not someone will receive a reward.
Public works employees estimated the 11:30 p.m. incident resulted in water leaking onto the roadway for about 30 minutes before it was discovered.