WALDPORT — After an out-of-state driver Wednesday led law enforcement on a high-speed vehicle pursuit from the northern portion of Lincoln County almost completely to the south on Highway 101, personnel from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Patrol combined to end a potentially dangerous situation with no reported injuries and the suspect’s arrest.
Corianne Anne Meyer, 40, made an initial appearance Thursday afternoon in Lincoln County Circuit Court in Newport for an arraignment hearing. There, Meyer was charged with and pleaded not guilty to four counts of recklessly endangering another person, and single counts of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, third-degree attempted assault, attempted assault of a public safety officer and first-degree criminal mischief.
Meyer, who remained in Lincoln County Jail in Newport as of Thursday afternoon held on $50,000 bail, is next scheduled to appear June4 in court for a preliminary hearing.
According to multiple law enforcement reports, Grand Ronde Tribal Police personnel were engaged about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday in pursuit of a Jeep Wrangler traveling westbound on Highway 18. Tribal police reported contacting a woman in a parking lot of Spirit Mountain Casino in Grand Ronde, who “appeared to be in a panic” and told an officer that people were after her.
After speeding away from the officer, the driver, later identified as Meyer, drove past an unmarked police vehicle’s attempt to block the Jeep, then continued speeding westbound toward Lincoln County on Highway 18.
“While driving westbound on Highway 18, Ms. Meyer drove in a reckless manner, passing vehicles in an unsafe manner consistently from Highway 18 milepost 22 to the Polk County/Lincoln County line,” reads a Grand Ronde Tribal Police affidavit of probable cause.
According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, just before noon, local authorities were informed Meyer was headed toward Lincoln City. After Meyer reportedly sped away from Lincoln City Police personnel who stopped the Jeep, she traveled south on Highway 101 making lane changes at high speeds approaching Gleneden Beach.
The sheriff’s office probable cause affidavit notes the Oregon State Police attempted to stop the Jeep by applying spike strips across the highway near the south end of Depoe Bay, but Meyer was able to drive around them and continue south toward Newport.
The sheriff’s office again attempted to halt the Jeep, which displayed an expired Kansas temporary license plate, with spike strips on the south end of Cape Foulweather area, and Newport Police laid more spikes in the highway near Beverly Beach, with negative results.
A sheriff’s office spike strip in the South Beach area near Southwest 68th street reportedly punctured one tire, and another strip did further tire damage, though Meyer kept driving south toward Seal Rock.
After yet another spike strip near Driftwood Beach further damaged the Jeep, reportedly traveling on rims and three flat tires, a second attempt by law enforcement vehicles to box the car in near Beachside State Park, just south of the Waldport city limits, was successful.
“Deputies with the sheriff’s office conducted a rolling ‘box-in’. The suspect vehicle intentionally struck the back of the lead patrol vehicle twice before coming to a complete stop,” reads an alert the sheriff’s office posted late Wednesday to its Flash Alert site.
Lincoln County’s report recommending against Meyer’s pretrial release states Meyer currently has an active non-extraditable warrant out of Colorado for her arrest. The Flash Alert post states Meyer is wanted in Colorado for kidnapping
Meyer’s criminal history includes nine previous arrests combined in Oregon and Colorado. The sheriff’s office could not confirm the address she provided to authorities.