Lincoln City police officers arrested 36-year-old Joshua D. Davis, of Lincoln City, after he allegedly stole a vehicle from an acquaintance and then led police on a short pursuit.
On Monday, Sept. 27, at about 6:30 p.m., a police officer observed a green Ford Ranger pickup traveling at a high rate of speed south on Highway 101 through the intersection of Southwest 12th Street. The officer attempted to catch up with the speeding pickup to conduct a traffic stop, but the driver of that vehicle failed to stop and continued south on Highway 101 before making an abrupt turn onto Southeast 23rd Street. The officer followed, and the driver continued driving erratically and an estimated speed of 50 mph. As the pickup attempted to turn up a gravel driveway near the end of Southeast 23rd Street, it collided with some boulders and became high centered. The driver, later identified as Davis, was the only occupant in the pickup and was taken into custody without further incident.
During the subsequent investigation, it was determined the pickup had been reported stolen out of California. In addition, it was found that Davis had a felony warrant issued for his arrest out of Arkansas for parole violation.
Davis was transported to the Lincoln County Jail and lodged on charges of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle, felony elude in a motor vehicle and reckless driving. He is also being held on the felony warrant. The vehicle was towed from the location.