Klamath Falls police officer arrested after drug-related car crash
State Police are investigating a Klamath Falls Police Detective after he crashed his service car while on duty during a Thanksgiving weekend shift.
State soldiers were called in to investigate an accident just southeast of Klamath Falls at around 4 p.m. on November 27.
Officers arrived to find Thomas Reif, 27, unconscious and not breathing. Reif was taken to a nearby hospital, where doctors stabilized him.
The soldiers said based on the evidence gathered at the scene, they believed Reif had used drugs that he had drawn from police evidence. He was driving his assigned vehicle when it crashed, state police said.
A state police employee confirmed that Reif resigned from his post on December 1. Reif was jailed Tuesday on six criminal charges, including one related to possession of fentanyl. He is also charged with driving under the influence, official misconduct, reckless driving and tampering with evidence.
The Klamath Falls Police Department issued a statement on facebook the same day, addressing the incident.
“We are deeply embarrassed and disappointed with Mr. Reif’s conduct,” the statement read. “The Klamath Falls Police Department does not condone this type of behavior or misconduct on the part of a law enforcement officer. We will continue to hold each other accountable to the highest ethical standards without exception. “
As of Tuesday, Reif had not been formally charged.
—Jayati Ramakrishnan; 503-221-4320; [email protected]; @JRamakrishnanOR