Driver cited for DUII
On Oregon State Police officer received a report of an erratic driver at around 10 p.m. on Oct. 2, said to be traveling on Highway 101 south out of Depoe Bay.
The state trooper saw the suspect vehicle, a Chevrolet Equinox, near milepost 135 and observed it swerving in the lane of travel. He performed a traffic stop and contacted the driver, identified as Laura Rae Fanning, 51, of Sweet Home, who was showing signs of impairment, according to the OSP report. Fanning performed field sobriety tests and exhibited additional signs of impairment. She was arrested and ultimately provided a breath sample, which measured a 0.20 percent blood-alcohol concentration. Fanning was cited and released for DUII-alcohol and driving while suspended.
The vehicle was towed by Coast Towing. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.
Verbal dispute leads to arrest
At around 12:45 p.m. on Oct. 5, an Oregon State Police officer contacted two pedestrians, a male and female, who appeared to be engaged in a verbal confrontation at the intersection of Highway 101 and Highway 20 in Newport.
Upon contact with the couple, the state trooper determined that the man, identified as Dennis M. Becker, 35, of Albany, was the subject of multiple warrants and also had an active no-contact order with the female. Becker was taken into custody and lodged in the Lincoln County Jail on a detainer from Lincoln County Parole and Probation.
Vehicles involved in crash at Cape Foulweather
At around 11 a.m. on Oct. 11, an Oregon State Police officer investigated an accident on Highway 101 near milepost 131, on the north side of Cape Foulweather.
The driver of a Chevrolet S10 pickup told the state trooper he was heading south, negotiating a left curve, when a vehicle attempted to merge into his lane from a pullout. The pickup driver swerved to the left and then back to the right, when he lost control. The pickup spun clockwise into the northbound lane. A Peterbilt tractor pulling a semi-trailer was traveling north, and the front of the pickup hit the rear tires of the semi’s trailer. The pickup came to a stop facing east, blocking both the north and south lanes. The semi continued to drive to a pullout, where it came to a controlled stop.
Shortly after the initial collision, an International tow truck, traveling south, came upon the crash site, and the driver of the vehicle braked and swerved into the southbound guardrail, where it slid along the guardrail until the front end eventually went over it, and the tow truck came to a stop.
The pickup and tow truck were removed from the scene by Coast Towing. The Peterbilt’s owner arranged for his own tow.
Motorcyclists crash following road rage incident
An Oregon State Police officer investigated a road rage incident that occurred at around 6:45 p.m. Oct. 7 on Highway 101 near milepost 163, north of Yachats.
The incident caused two northbound motorcycle riders to crash. One of the riders and female passenger were taken to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport, and another rider was airlifted to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis with unknown injuries. Associates of the riders recovered the motorcycles.
The Oregon Department of Transportation, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Central Oregon Coast Fire & Rescue and Yachats Fire assisted at the scene.
Speeding driver cited for DUII
At around 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 7, an Oregon State Police officer pulled over the driver of a speeding Honda Accord near milepost 137 on Highway 101 in north Newport.
The driver, identified as Terry James Brocha-Vila, 36, of Newport was exhibiting signs of impairment, according to the OSP report. He was also found to be driving with a suspended license. Brocha-Vila agreed to perform field sobriety tests and continued to display numerous signs of impairment, according to the report. He was taken into custody.
A search of the vehicle turned up small amounts of what was believed to be methamphetamine and marijuana.
Brocha-Vila later provided a breath sample, which showed a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.00 percent. He also provided a urine sample for analysis. He was cited and released for driving while suspended-felony and DUII-controlled substance.
The vehicle was secured at the location of the traffic stop to be recovered by the owner. The Newport Police Department assisted at the scene.
Rollover crash results in DUII citation
An Oregon State Police officer was dispatched at around 3:45 a.m. on Oct. 9 to a report of a single-vehicle, rollover crash, which occurred on Highway 20 just west of its intersection with Elk City Road.
The state trooper learned that a GMC Jimmy was headed east under wet road conditions when the driver reportedly swerved to miss a deer crossing the highway and drove off the eastbound shoulder. The vehicle rolled over and came to rest upside down in Simpson Creek. The driver was able to get himself out of the vehicle and remained on the scene.
During the crash investigation, the driver exhibited signs of impairment and consented to perform field sobriety tests, according to the OSP report. He performed poorly and was taken into custody for DUII.
The driver, identified as Jacob Earl-Victor Martin, 26, consented to a breath test, which showed a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.14 percent. He was cited and released for DUII and reckless driving.
Coast Towing assisted with recovery of the vehicle.
Impaired driver crashed on Highway 20
At around 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 10, an Oregon State Police officer was dispatched to a single-vehicle crash on Highway 20, near milepost 11.
A Toyota Camry was headed east under rainy conditions when, for an unknown reason, the vehicle drove off the eastbound shoulder and struck a guardrail. The Toyota came to a stop in the center of the highway, blocking both lanes of travel.
The driver, identified as Angelicha Marleen Ryckman, 27, of Toledo, was exhibiting numerous signs of impairment and admitted to recently drinking alcohol, according to the OSP report. She consented to and performed poorly on field sobriety tests and was taken into custody for DUII.
She was transported to the Lincoln County Jail, where she consented to a breath test rendering a result of 0.17 percent blood-alcohol concentration. Ryckman was cited and released for DUII, reckless driving and second-degree criminal mischief. The vehicle was towed from the scene by Coast Towing.
Crash results in minor injuries
At around 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 10, an Oregon State Police officer investigated a crash near milepost 4.5 on Highway 20.
An eastbound Nissan Xterra was slowing to a stop to make a left turn into a driveway. A vehicle behind the Xterra slowed and moved to the shoulder to avoid a collision. However, a third vehicle, a Nissan Sentra, was unable to stop in time and crashed into the rear of the Xterra. The driver and sole occupant of the Xterra was transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport with minor injuries. The driver and a passenger in the Sentra were uninjured and picked up by family members. Coast Towing removed the Sentra from the scene.