Fleeing motorist escapes on foot
At approximately 5 p.m. July 17, an Oregon State Police trooper attempted to stop a vehicle for a prior hit and run and expired registration. The driver of the vehicle eluded the trooper and crashed into trees near the end of Northwest 58th Street in Newport, then fled on foot while a female passenger remained on scene. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Newport Police Department assisted in a search of the area, but the driver was not located. The vehicle was impounded and towed to Newport OSP office by Rowley’s Towing.
Pedestrian struck on Highway 101
At approximately 8:45 p.m. July 17, a person walking west from South Fogarty Creek State Park across Highway 101 near milepost 126 was struck by a southbound vehicle. The person was transported by Life Flight to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Corvallis, Oregon. The driver of vehicle reported no injuries and cooperated with the investigation. Depoe Bay Fire District, Oregon Department of Transportation Incident Response and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.
Man charged with DUII after three-vehicle crash
At approximately 11:49 a.m. July 21, an Oregon State Police trooper responded to a three-vehicle crash which occurred on Highway 34 at the intersection of Southeast Nelson and Wayside Drive. According to the police log, a gray Honda Civic and a tan Toyota Camry were stopped for traffic in the westbound lane when the Camry was rear-ended by a Toyota Tacoma, pushing it into the rear of the Civic. The Civic was pushed off the westbound shoulder, while the Camry was left blocking the westbound lane. The Tacoma came to an uncontrolled rest on the eastbound shoulder. The driver of the Tacoma and the driver of the Camry were transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport for treatment of injuries sustained during the crash. According to police, a hospital blood draw showed the driver of the Tacoma, Zachary Alexander Jackson, 42, of Waldport, had a blood-alcohol content of 0.22 percent. Jackson was cited and released on charges of DUII - Alcohol, reckless driving, two counts of recklessly endangering a person and two counts of second-degree criminal mischief.
Uninsured motorist cited for driving suspended
At approximately 2:10 p.m. July 23, an Oregon State Police trooper responded to a report from a driver regarding a crash that occurred July 8. The driver of a Dodge Ram 2500 reported he was eastbound on Highway 18 near milepost 0.5 in slow traffic for construction. He said he was stopped when a Mercedes 350 crashed into the Ram’s rear end. He exchanged information with the other driver, but the other driver said he did not have insurance and would work with him. He got two estimates to repair the damage to his Ram 2500, which were both more than $3,000. The uninsured driver of the Mercedes told him he could not pay the amount. OSP determined the driver of the Mercedes, James Michael Hollowell, 43, of Newport, to have been driving while suspended-misdemeanor at the time of the crash and forwarded that information to the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office.
Four-vehicle wreck results in minor injuries
At approximately 1:50 p.m. July 17, Oregon State Police responded to a four vehicle crash occurred on Highway 101 in Gleneden Beach. According to the police log, a northbound Toyota Tacoma was taking a left turn in front of a southbound Chevy Equinox and stopped partially in the southbound lane, where the driver of the Equinox swerved to the right to avoid a head-on collision. At the stop sign on Wesler Street, a Honda CRV was waiting and was then struck by the Equinox, causing it to strike a Dodge Caravan waiting behind the CRV. The driver of Equinox reported minor injuries. The driver of the Tacoma, Jeffrey Allen Metcalf, 67, of Gleneden Beach, was issued a citation for dangerous left turn.