A vehicle sits on its side following a rollover crash in Lincoln City last week. Police suspect the driver was under the influence of intoxicants at the time of the wreck.

At about 5 p.m. Aug. 25, Lincoln City Police responded to a reported single-vehicle crash near the 2400 block of Southwest Coast Avenue. Upon officers’ arrival they found the crash involved a black 2006 Hyundai sedan, which was laying on its driver’s side in the middle of the road.

The driver of the Hyundai was at the scene and was identified as 24-year-old Jacob Wheeler, of Lincoln City. Wheeler had some apparent injuries to his face, but he was uncooperative with medical personnel from North Lincoln Fire & Rescue and Pacific West Ambulance, according to police. He was eventually transported to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital for further medical evaluation and treatment. 

The crash investigation revealed that the Hyundai was eastbound on Southwest 24th Drive when it struck an embankment causing it to roll over onto its side. The driver was able to get himself out of the vehicle, and, according to witnesses, he started to walk away from the scene. Witnesses kept Wheeler at the scene until police and medical personnel arrived. During the scene investigation, Wheeler showed signs of impairment, according to police, and officers believed that Wheeler was operating his vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants at the time of the crash. Because Wheeler had been transported to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital, a search warrant for Wheeler’s blood was obtained and later served at the hospital. The blood sample obtained will be sent to the Oregon State Police Crime Lab for analysis and determination of the alcohol content in his blood. 

Once the blood analysis report is completed, it will be submitted with the investigation report to Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office for their review and determination of specific criminal charges.

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