Driver cited for DUII
An Oregon State Police officer was dispatched at around 5:25 a.m. on Oct. 30 on a report of an intoxicated driver on Highway 101 near milepost 165 in south Yachats, who was outside his vehicle and blocking the northbound lane.
The state trooper located the vehicle, a Chrysler sedan, as it was being driven north on Highway 101 near milepost 162. After observing poor driving, the officer pulled the driver over and conducted an investigation.
The driver was identified as Michael Jon Schaefer, 31, of California, who was exhibiting numerous signs of impairment, according to the OSP report. He agreed to field sobriety tests and performed poorly.
Schaefer was taken into custody and later provided breath, blood and urine samples. He was cited and released for DUII (cannabis and controlled substances) and reckless driving.
His vehicle was removed from the scene by Rowley’s Towing.
OSP recovers stolen mail
An Oregon State Police officer was dispatched at around 9 a.m. on Oct. 30 to collect a trash bag full of mail that had been found in Gleneden Beach State Park.
Postmarks on the mail helped link it to a previous mail theft case being investigated by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. The mail was turned over to the sheriff’s office as evidence.
Man cited after shooting at decoy
A Portland man was cited by an Oregon State Police fish and wildlife officer after shooting at a buck deer decoy on Murphy Road, which is located several miles east of Rose Lodge.
While officers were conducting a buck deer wildlife enforcement decoy operation before legal shooting light, a vehicle stopped, a male passenger exited and shot the buck deer decoy, one time, from the roadway while the vehicle’s headlights illuminated the deer. The passenger got back into the car, and it began driving away. A short distance down the road, the vehicle was intercepted by officers, and the occupants were contacted.
The passenger, identified as Mark G. Steerman, 59, of Portland, admitted to shooting the decoy, according to the OSP report. He was cited for unlawful take of buck deer, hunting prohibited hours and hunting from or across a highway. The passenger’s rifle was seized as evidence. The driver, identified as Christopher L. Box, of Forest Grove, was cited for aiding in a wildlife offense.
Dump truck loses boulders in crash
An Oregon State Police officer was dispatched to a rollover crash near milepost 4.4 on Highway 229 (Siletz Highway) at around 8:45 a.m. on Nov. 3.
An International dump truck was carrying three large boulders and was traveling north through back-to-back curves on wet pavement when, for an unknown reason, the truck crossed over the opposing lane of travel and struck several mailboxes.
The vehicle went into a clockwise spin down an embankment, causing the truck to roll onto its passenger side and dump the boulders in the entrance to Sunset Landing RV Park.
The vehicle owner, Morris Excavation, together with Mishler’s Towing, worked to recover the vehicle and the boulders.
The truck driver, identified as Kyle M Haggerty, 29, of Battleground, Wash., sustained minor injuries during the crash. He was cited for excessive speed.