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Newport Police Department and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office personnel load 46-year-old Brandon Allen Lyons of Toledo into a patrol vehicle following his Wednesday morning arrest in the parking lot of the Newport Safeway grocery store. (Photo by Michael Heinbach)

NEWPORT — This past Wednesday morning, personnel from the Newport Police Department, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Police arrested a Toledo man on probation and in the wrong place at the wrong time.

According to a Newport Police affidavit of probable cause, a probation officer saw 46-year-old Brandon Allen Lyons in front of a Newport store in the area of Highway 101 and Northeast 20th Street. When the probation officer attempted to confront Lyons and place him under arrest for missing a recent drug court appointment, Lyons reportedly fled on foot.

After escaping the probation officer’s grasp during a brief physical confrontation, Lyons allegedly ran across Highway 101. Shortly afterward, law enforcement detained Lyons in the Newport Safeway grocery store parking lot.

Witnesses at the scene of Lyons’ arrest, who asked to remain anonymous, told the News-Times that law enforcement handled the situation “flawlessly” and prevented any potential danger to shoppers in the Safeway parking lot by safely detaining Lyons.

It appeared as if law enforcement personnel spent more than 10 minutes flushing Lyons’ eyes out with a clear solution before he was taken away in a patrol vehicle, and indication that pepper spray was used to assist in his detention. The affidavit of probable cause makes no mention of pepper spray.

“Lyons told me he fled because he knew he was going to be arrested for missing drug court,” reads the probable cause affidavit.

On Thursday, Lyons made his initial appearance in Lincoln County Circuit Court after spending the night in the Lincoln County Jail in Newport. During his court appearance, Lyons was arraigned on charges of second-degree escape and resisting arrest.

During his hearing, pretrial services recommended against releasing Lyons from custody, reporting that the Toledo native’s criminal history includes 36 arrests with six failures to appear on court. He remains in Lincoln County jail, held on $50,000 bail.

Lyons is next scheduled to appear in court at 4:30 p.m. on May 20 for a preliminary hearing.

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