Springfield police arrest City Councilor on DUII charge

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Police arrested a 4-term City Councilor on a charge of DUII early Sunday morning.

A Springfield police officer spotted a Cadillac pull out of the Whiskey River Ranch on Main Street around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, police said.

The car drove below the speed limit for a few blocks before pulling into a gas station.

That is where the officer contacted the driver and gave him a field sobriety test.

The officer later arrested Dave Ralston, a Springfield City Councilor, and booked him into the Springfield Jail.

Sgt. John Umenhofer declined to release any details of the field sobriety test or blood-alcohol readings.

"What I can say is that tests were given, that a DUII investigation was done that resulted in the arrest of this individual," Umenhofer said.

Umenhofer confirmed that Ralston twice called Springfield Police Chief Jerry Smith - once from the gas station prior to the field sobriety test, and a second time later from the jail.

KVAL News tried to get Ralston's side of the story. He initially agreed to an interview but canceled 15 minutes later.

Ralston gave an extensive interview to The (Eugene) Register-Guard, claiming entrapment.

"In this country, everybody has a right to a trial," Umenhofer said. "There's a lot things that people can say they believe would be a defense in cases of this nature."