Driver of motorcycle missing
An Oregon State Police report stated that at around 11 a.m. on March 28, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle was found near milepost 12 on Highway 18. It was discovered off of the shoulder of the highway next to a gravel turnout. Emergency responders performed a search of the area for the rider and did not find anyone.
The motorcycle was removed from the scene by Car Care Towing. A Washington County sheriff’s deputy later contacted the last known address of the registered owner of the motorcycle and was told that the owner had moved from that location in February. No additional information was included in the OSP report.
Reckless driver arrested
Just after 10 a.m. March 31, the Oregon State Police initiated a traffic stop for suspected reckless driving near milepost 18 in the westbound lane of Highway 20.
OSP arrested the driver of the gold Acura RL, 39-year-old Damon Geoffrey Selves, after the arresting officer learned Selves’ license was suspended on a federal level. Selves was charged with driving while his license was revoked or suspended, reckless driving and two counts of reckless endangering.
Selves was transported and lodged on a probation violation to Benton County Jail in Corvallis. His passenger was released from the scene at the time of Selves’ arrest.
Person arrested on warrants
A 29-year-old man was stopped April 2 on the southern end of Lincoln City by the Oregon State Police for a possible traffic violation and was found to have three outstanding warrants.
Jacob Sutter, who was driving a green Toyota Camry, was cited and released at the scene of the traffic stop, initiated at milepost 117 of Highway 101. He was charged with three counts of failure to appear and cited for driving while suspended or revoked.
Surveyor seeks lost property
At about 3 p.m. April 3, a surveyor working on Highway 101 near milepost 151 in Seal Rock reported misplacing a yellow backpack that contained surveying equipment.
Anyone who might find the backpack is asked to contact the Oregon State Police.
Juvenile driver in single-vehicle crash
The Oregon State Police responded at about 11:29 p.m. April 4 to a single-vehicle crash that occurred near milepost 31 in the westbound lane of Highway 20.
According to OSP, the 17-year-old driver of a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, whose name was not released in the OSP report, reportedly told law enforcement she swerved to avoid hitting a deer. OSP says evidence concluded the pickup truck drove off the westbound shoulder, rolled and struck two road signs before coming to a stop.
During the initial investigation, OSP personnel noted “numerous CO2 cartridges and a Whippet dispenser in and around the vehicle.”
The OSP report states an adult passenger in the Chevy admitted to purchasing the CO2 cartridges to use an inebriating inhalant.
Car crash leads to DUII charge
The Oregon State Police charged a 50-year-old Beaverton man who had a reported blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal driving limit with DUII following a single-vehicle car crash in the early morning hours of April 4.
According to OSP, Theodore M. Vanderhoof was driving a Buick LaSabre eastbound at about 1:15 a.m. on Highway 18 near milepost 3, when he failed to negotiate back-to-back curves in the road. The Buick reportedly drove off the eastbound shoulder, continued across a steep embankment and struck two road signs before flipping end over end.
The vehicle was towed from the scene by Car Care Towing.
OSP reports Vanderhoof was transported to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City for complaints of pain. While at the hospital, the OSP report says Vanderhoof showed signs of impairment and admitted to drinking alcohol prior to the crash.
A hospital blood draw indicated Vanderhoof had a blood-alcohol content of 0.296 percent. He was cited and released on charges of DUII, reckless driving and second-degree criminal mischief.
OSP responds to two-car injury accident
The Oregon State Police says an intoxicated 35-year-old man was responsible for a two-car injury accident at about 7:50 a.m. April 4 nearly milepost 3 on Highway 18.
According to law enforcement, Kevin Joe Ruggles was impaired while driving a 2001 Mazda Tribute westbound in the eastbound lane. OSP says the Mazda drove head-on into an eastbound 2003 Honda Odyssey.
Ruggles’ vehicle rolled and came to rest in the westbound shoulder of the highway, and the Odyssey stopped partly in the eastbound lane and partially on the shoulder or the highway. OSP says Ruggles was flown by Life Flight to a Salem hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries.
The driver and passenger in the Odyssey were driven by ambulance to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital ,and both vehicles were towed from the scene by Car Care Towing of Lincoln City.
Ruggles was arrested for DUII, reckless driving, reckless endangering and assault.