Car being towed by motorhome catches fire

The driver of a motorhome traveling north on Highway 101 in Gleneden Beach at around 11 a.m. on May 21 noticed smoke coming from the rear of her vehicle.

When the driver pulled over, she discovered the Honda Fit she was towing behind the motorhome was catching fire near the front engine compartment. The Honda was able to be detached from the motorhome before the fire increased too much, and passersby used fire extinguishers to attempt to put out the fire. The Depoe Bay Fire Department responded to put the fire out.

The Honda was towed by Car Care Towing.

Car vandalized on Highway 20

On May 21, the Oregon State Police was notified by a towing company in Corvallis that a Volkswagen car had been vandalized on Highway 20 near milepost 26.

The owner of the vehicle advised OSP that his car had broken down around 7:50 p.m. the previous evening while he was driving from Corvallis to Newport. He had gotten a ride from the area and later arranged for a tow. The tow truck driver discovered the vehicle with its tires removed, a window broken and items stolen from inside. There is no suspect in the case at this point, according to OSP.

Reckless driver charged with DUII

At around 5 p.m. on May 27, multiple calls were received by the emergency dispatch center regarding a reckless driver westbound on Highway 20 near Eddyville, according to an Oregon State Police report. The driver of the subject vehicle, described as a black spray painted Acura Vigor, was passing multiple vehicles on double yellow, non-passing lanes.

A Newport police officer stopped the driver, identified as James Michael Kelly, 31, of Newport.

Kelly performed field sobriety tests and was subsequently arrested and charged with reckless driving, three counts of recklessly endangering another person, and DUII. He was cited and released. His vehicle was towed by Rowley’s Towing.

OSP was assisted by deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and officers with the Newport Police Department.

Cows pose potential hazard

The Oregon State Police has been getting calls over the past few weeks from people reporting seeing cows alongside Highway 101 near milepost 103.5 in the Otis area.

OSP contacted the owners of the cows, residents who live on North Shingle Bolt Road, regarding this ongoing issue.

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