At the height of a heated in-vehicle argument, a Sutherlin mother of four shut off the engine, pocketed the keys and ran away, leaving her ex-husband and four children in a pickup blocking traffic at a busy north Roseburg intersection, police said.
At 7:45 p.m. Friday, police say the 36-year old woman was stopped in the left-turn lane of Northwest Stewart Parkway at Edenbower Avenue when a verbal dispute reached a heated climax. She abandoned the pickup and headed north on foot.
“Basically, she parked that vehicle in the middle of a busy street,” police Sgt. Jeff Eichenbusch said.
According to police, officers found the woman hiding nearby behind the U.S. Forest Service office at 2900 Northwest Stewart Parkway. Her keys were found shortly after and the vehicle was moved by the ex-husband.
The pickup sat in the turning lane impeding traffic for more than 20 minutes.
The woman was arrested on suspicion of second-degree disorderly conduct and booked into the Douglas County Jail. She has since been released.
Eichenbusch said disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor charge that encompasses a lot of illegal behavior, but it’s usually used when a person’s actions cause public alarm.