Waldport man warned for exceeding clam limit

An Oregon State Police fish and game officer on May 16 observed a man digging clams on Alsea Bay and repeatedly giving them to another person with him.

The officer contacted the two people as they finished digging and inspected their shellfish licenses and clams. It was determined one person had dug 40 cockle clams, twice the daily bag limit, and given 20 of those clams to the other person.

The man digging the clams, identified as Bruce Mitchio Higuchi, 64, of Waldport, was cited for digging another’s clams and warned for exceeding the daily bag limit of clams. The other person was warned for aiding/counseling/sharing in the proceeds of a fish and wildlife offense. Twenty of the clams were seized and donated to Newport Senior Center.

Driver cited for DUII following crash

The Oregon State Police investigated a two-car crash near milepost 1.5 on Highway 18 at around 2:50 p.m. on May 16.

A westbound Honda CRV had crossed the centerline and crashed into an eastbound Pontiac Vibe. The driver of the Pontiac and a passenger in that vehicle were transported to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City for treatment.

The driver of the Honda, identified as Courtney Rae Murata, 26, of Beaverton, was alone and showed signs of impairment, according to the OSP report. She performed voluntary field sobriety tests, and impairment continued to be observed.

Murata was arrested and transported to the Lincoln City Police Department, where she provided a breath sample indicating a 0.15 percent blood alcohol concentration. She was cited in lieu of custody for DUII, reckless driving and reckless endangering.

Both cars were towed from the scene by Car Care Towing.

Waldport man charged with DUII

An Oregon State Police officer pulled over the driver of a Ford Explorer on Highway 101 in north Newport at around 11:30 p.m. on May 10 because the driver was swerving in his lane of travel.

The officer made contact with the driver, identified as Djura Christopher Higi, 38, of Waldport. Higi was arrested for DUII-controlled substances after an investigation revealed he was impaired, according to the OSP log.

Higi was cited and released, and his vehicle was removed from the scene by Rowley’s Towing.

Driving complaint leads to DUII arrest

An Oregon State Police officer was dispatched on a driving complaint at around 3:50 p.m. on May 17 on Highway near milepost 134, in the Beverly Beach area.

The officer spotted the vehicle, a Nissan Sentra, near the Rocky Creek State Scenic Viewpoint and conducted a traffic stop. The driver, identified as Evan Elijah Hager, 24, of Sherwood, was exhibiting signs of impairment, and there were open containers of alcohol, as well a cannabis products, in plain sight in the vehicle, according to the OSP report.

Hager consented to field sobriety tests and performed poorly, according to the report. He was taken into custody for DUII and was transported to the Lincoln County Jail, where a breath test showed him to have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.12 percent. He was charged with DUII and recklessly endangering another person. A 20-year-old passenger in the vehicle with Hager was issued a citation for minor in possession.

The Nissan Sentra was towed from the scene by Coast Towing.

Speeding driver found to be impaired

At around 4:15 p.m. on May 18, an Oregon State Police officer pulled over the driver of a Toyota Camry for speeding near milepost 18 on Highway 20.

An investigation revealed that the driver, identified as Cody James Davis, 19, of Philomath, was impaired, according to the OSP report. He was also driving while suspended and driving uninsured.

Davis was transported to the Lincoln County Jail, where he provided a breath sample that revealed a blood alcohol concentration of 0.00 percent. He provided a urine specimen and also submitted to a drug recognition evaluation. He was cited for DUII-controlled substances and was released.

The Toyota was towed by Coast Towing.

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