Alleged DUII driver arrested after threats

Thomas Acosta, 61, of Newport, was arrested and charged with DUII, menacing and second-degree disorderly conduct Friday after he allegedly drove a van to a gas station while intoxicated, began loudly blaring music and threatened to shoot employees when asked to turn it down.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed Sunday, Newport Police Department officers were called to the Fred Meyer Fuel Station at around 10:20 p.m. after a fuel attendant called to say a man driving a gold van arrived with his music turned up so loud they could not communicate with one another.

The caller said that when they asked the man to turn down the music he became angry and exited the vehicle. They said the man began walking toward them while yelling and cursing, at which point they asked him to leave. He complied, but before doing so turned and threatened to shoot them. The caller said they could smell alcohol on the man during the exchange, according to the affidavit.

Newport police officers later located the same van and a man matching the driver’s description parked in the Walmart parking lot approximately 5 minutes later. An officer identified the man as Acosta via a photo ID, the affidavit states.

While speaking with Acosta, the officer reported he had bloodshot, watery eyes, smelled of alcohol and was slurring his speech. He reportedly told police he had been involved in an argument, but said he did not make any threats, the affidavit states.

Officers asked Acosta to participate in field sobriety tests, to which they say he verbally agreed, but then refused to physically participate when officers attempted to administer them.

Acosta was arrested and taken to the Lincoln County Jail, where he remains on $30,000 bond. He was arraigned Monday and an early resolution conference is scheduled for May 5.

Man arrested after guardrail hit-and-run

Paul Robert Munsell Jr., 77, was arrested Saturday after witnesses say they saw him hit a guardrail with his pickup, and a blood draw later indicated he was likely inebriated at the time, police say.

An affidavit of probable cause filed Monday states Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies received a report that a large maroon truck with smoke stacks and multiple “Trump” stickers crashed into a guardrail near Northeast Lane Street and Northeast Williams Avenue in Depoe Bay. A witness told deputies they recognized the driver as Munsell and believed he lived locally, but also part time in The Dalles.

Officers looked for a vehicle matching that description and eventually found one parked partially inside a driveway at a nearby residence that appeared damaged. After running the plates and determining the vehicle belonged to Munsell, deputies knocked on the door of the residence and met with a man inside. The man told them Munsell arrived and was unable to turn the truck into the driveway because it was damaged from the crash and that Munsell got combative when the man tried to confiscate his keys, according to the affidavit.

The man eventually allowed the officers inside where they met with Munsell, who they said smelled like alcohol, appeared to have bloodshot, watery eyes, was slurring his speech and appeared to be bleeding from his face, an injury the other man said was sustained as he fell while walking up the driveway, the affidavit states.

Officers attempted to arrest Munsell for hit-and-run property damage, but say he refused to stand and go with them outside the home. Munsell reportedly became belligerent for a time and got into an argument with the other man, but eventually agreed to go with deputies and was escorted outside.

The affidavit states Munsell was taken to the hospital, where he refused treatment and attempted to grab tools out of a doctor’s hand. He was eventually subjected to a blood draw pursuant to a warrant.

Afterward, Munsell was taken to the Lincoln County Jail and booked, and later signed a conditional release agreement allowing him to go free so long as he does not use alcohol or drive. He has an early resolution conference scheduled for April 31.

Light post damaged, man arrested

Reginaldo Edward Rojo III, 43, was arrested and charged with menacing and third-degree criminal mischief Saturday after he allegedly ripped a light off a light post in Newport and began threatening another man.

According to a police affidavit filed Monday, Rojo was on the street near the Newport 60+ Activity Center yelling threats at a woman when officers arrived and noticed the light was ripped off a nearby light post and left in the street. A nearby city employee told them the light was damaged by Rojo, who was placed under arrest and taken to the Lincoln County Jail.

Rojo currently remains lodged at the jail on $50,000 bond.

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