Semi-truck strikes guardrail on Highway 20
The Oregon State Police were notified at around 9:45 a.m. on July 25 that an eastbound semi-truck had struck a guardrail and run off the road as it was climbing a hill near milepost 10 on Highway 20. The driver was alone and uninjured.
The company that owns the truck, Wilson Logistics, arranged a tow for the removal of the truck and trailer. Oregon Department of Transportation Incident Response, Toledo Fire and Rescue and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene. A truck form has been submitted to ODOT.
Pickup hits travel trailer
A GMC pickup collided with a travel trailer being pulled by a Dodge pickup at around 10:45 a.m. on July 27 near milepost 161 on Highway 101 north of Yachats. No injuries were reported.
According to an Oregon State Police report, the driver of the GMC truck, identified as Joshua Holtom, 31, of Reno, Nev., was pulling out of Northwest Kansas Street onto Highway 101 when he collided in “T-bone” fashion with the front end of the Dutchman travel trailer pulled by the Dodge pickup.
Holtom was cited by OSP for failure to yield before entering a highway. The GMC was towed by Rowley’s Towing of Newport. The travel trailer was towed by Mast Brothers Towing of Florence.
Police contact man reportedly lying on Highway 101
An Oregon State Police officer was dispatched at around 6:30 a.m. on July 29 after a report was received of a man with very little clothing on who was walking down the center of Highway 101 near milepost 133 in the Otter Rock area. The man was also reported to have been lying down in the left northbound lane of travel, which is posted at 55 mph.
The caller was able to get northbound traffic stopped. Pacific West Ambulance and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office arrived on the scene. The man, a 56-year-old Eugene resident, was transported by ambulance to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport, and OSP completed police officer hold paperwork.
Driver arrested on felony DUII
At around 12:30 p.m. on July 29, the Oregon State Police received information about a possible impaired driver who had lost a wheel near milepost 128 on Highway 101, in the Depoe Bay area. During contact, police believed the driver was impaired, and he was arrested for DUII.
The driver, identified as Larry Joe Dick, 59, of Lincoln City, later provided a breath sample indicating a 0.17 percent blood alcohol concentration. Dick had been convicted of DUII three times within the past 10 years, and he was lodged in the Lincoln County Mail for felony DUII and driving while suspended, a misdemeanor. The Nissan Pathfinder he had been driving was towed by Coast Towing.
Man crashes car on Highway 18
The Oregon State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash at around 9:30 p.m. on July 30 near milepost 9.5 on Highway 18, in the Otis area. The vehicle, an Infiniti M45, had been the subject of multiple driving complaints prior to the crash.
The driver and sole occupant was transported to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City with unknown injuries. He reportedly admitted to consuming alcohol, according to the OSP report. He agreed to provide a blood sample to be analyzed for blood alcohol content. His vehicle was towed by Car Care Towing. A handgun in the car is being held by the state police for safekeeping.
Driver cited for driving while suspended
A Honda Civic was being driven west on Highway 18 at around 8:15 a.m. on July 31 when it crashed into a guardrail near milepost 3.
An Oregon State Police officer investigating the accident discovered that the driver, identified as Eduardo Adan Gomez Castenada, 23 of Portland, had no insurance on the vehicle and was driving while suspended. He was issued citations on those charges, as well as a charge of driving outside his lane.
The vehicle was towed to an impound lot by Car Care Towing.
Dropped soda bottle results in crash
At around 2 p.m. on Aug. 3, an Oregon State Police trooper investigated the crash of a Ford Mustang near milepost 25 on the Siletz Highway (Highway 229). The vehicle had abruptly crossed over the opposing lane of travel and crashed head-on into a grove of trees.
During an interview with the state trooper, the driver, a 34-year-old Siletz man, said he had dropped a bottle of soda on the floorboard and inadvertently jerked the steering wheel to the left as he attempted to pick it up.
The vehicle was towed from the scene by Coast Towing.