The Oregon Court of Appeals reversed and remanded a man’s conviction for driving 200 feet with a suspended license, after determining the jury should have been instructed on the defenses of necessity and choice-of-evils.

According to the May 17 opinion by Judge Robyn Ridler Aoyagi, defendant Damion Michael Clowdus was arrested for driving 200 feet with a suspended license after his girlfriend exited the car, in which he was the sole passenger, in the middle of the road. Clowdus appealed his conviction, arguing the lower court erred in refusing “to instruct the jury on defenses of necessity, ORS 811.180(1)(a), and the choices of evils, ORS 161.200.

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