I finally figured out how to get a copy of James Gleich’s driving record from the DMV, and it confirms his license was suspended on Sept. 22. This was about 3-1/2 weeks after the collision that killed Mingo Pelkey.
The document gives the reason for the suspension as “MED P.” According to the DMV, that means:
Present physical or mental condition renders it unsafe for the person to operate a motor vehicle. Suspended until the person establishes eligibility under ORS 807.090.
The document also shows that he was first issued an Oregon driver’s license on Sept. 3, 2010. Prior to that, it looks like he had an Oregon ID card, which was issued in 2007. I’m told this type of driver’s record goes back about five years.
One explanation might be that he moved here from out of state, but why he got an ID rather than a driver’s license in 2007 we don’t know.
You can also see on the record the two prior accidents (“ACC”) and the conviction (“CONV”) on running the red light, for which he was written a citation in the June 13 accident. “F OBEY TCD” means “failure to obey a traffic control device.” I’m guessing the Pelkey accident does not show up here yet because it is still under investigation.
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For a list of all posts about the Mingo Pelkey case, go here.