Ex-cons help Sheriff's Deputy injured in hit-and-run

EUGENE, Ore. - Lane County Sheriff's Deputy Drew Wattier and his wife Michelle are on a long road to recovery after a hit and run crash in early December.

Juston Swan, owner of a Eugene food cart, said that met Wattier several times -- as an inmate at the Lane County Jail.

Swan said that he now hopes to help the sheriff in his recovery process.

"That's our cinnamon roll dough--it's gotta chill overnight before we can use it," said Juston Swan as he preps the Streets Food Cart for what he hopes will be a busy day of selling his specialty - cinnamon rolls.

The food is for Deputy Drew Wattier and his wife Michelle, both still recovering from critical hit and run injuries.

Swan and members of his cart crew met Drew years ago as Lane County Jail inmates.

"He was kind of like, you kind of looked forward to seeing him, in a weird way," chuckles Swan. "He handled his business in there, and everybody knew that."

Even as Deputy Wattier "handled his business," he did so with consideration for all, Swan said.

"He handled himself great in there. He respected everybody--gave them the respect, you know," explained Swan.

Juston said he got a second chance in life with the food business, so now he would like to help one of the people who influenced him.

Each sale made at the "Streets Food Cart" on Saturday (Jan. 12) will go to the Wattier's medical fund.

"We're really hoping to ... pass some blessings along to these guys, to Drew and his wife," said Swan.

The Streets Food Cart is on W 6th Ave. at Lincoln St., near the Pacific Pride gas station. The cart is open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.