Man charged with DUII after hitting Alsea Bay Bridge

A 32-year-old Coos Bay man was arrested for DUII after crashing his vehicle into the Alsea Bay Bridge in Waldport.

Christopher James Page was driving south in a Subaru Legacy at around 5:15 p.m. on May 6 when the car left Highway 101 and hit the bridge near milepost 155. Page and a female passenger left the scene of the crash on foot. The couple was contacted by a Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy, who detained them on outstanding warrants. An Oregon State Police officer took custody of Page, who was showing signs of impairment. According to the OSP report, several syringes with evidence of controlled substances were discovered around the crash scene. In addition to the DUII charge, Page was cited for failure to perform the duties of a driver.

The Subaru sustained heavy damage in the crash, and it was removed from the scene by Coast Towing.

Yachats woman injured in crash

A 26-year-old Yachats woman suffered moderate injuries when the car she was driving at around 12:15 p.m. on May 9 crashed on Highway 101 south of Waldport.

According to the Oregon State Police, the driver was headed south when, near milepost 158, the Dodge Stratus she was driving began going off the southbound shoulder. The driver overcorrected and crashed into trees along the northbound ditch.

The woman was alone in the vehicle and was unconscious when bystanders arrived, according to the OSP report. She was extricated from the vehicle by fire personnel and medics and was transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport for treatment of injuries.

The vehicle was removed from the scene by Rowley’s Towing.

Bear carcass causes crash

An 18-year-old Lincoln City woman was involved in a crash on Highway 18 near milepost 4.5 after her vehicle struck the carcass of a bear.

The accident occurred at around 3:30 p.m. on May 13. The woman, driving west in a GMC Terrain, struck the bear carcass and then swerved through the eastbound lane and into a ditch. The vehicle then struck a driveway embankment and went airborne, striking a Toyota Prius and Dodge Caravan as it came down. The Ford Explorer rolled onto its wheels and came to rest facing southwest. Airbags deployed. The driver was transported to the hospital by a friend.

The Oregon Department of Transportation was contacted to recover the bear carcass. North Lincoln Fire & Rescue assisted at the scene.

Man stopped while driving on two flat tires

At around 4 p.m. on May 14, an Oregon State Police officer observed a Ford Explorer being driven south on Highway 101 with two deflated tires. The officer illuminated the lights on his patrol car, and the driver pulled over near milepost 143 in South Beach.

The driver, identified as Jason Michael Weeks, 41, of Portland, told the officer that he was unaware his tires were flat, according to the OSP report. Lincoln County Dispatch reported that a sport utility vehicle had previously struck the curb on the Yaquina Bay Bridge.

Weeks was showing signs of impairment, and the officer saw a used needle on the passenger seat of the vehicle, according to the police report. Weeks performed field sobriety tests and was taken into custody. He was transported to the Lincoln County Jail, where he provided both a breath sample and a urine sample. He was cited and released in lieu of being lodged at the jail due to COVID restrictions.

The vehicle was removed by Coast Towing.

Parked motorcycle blamed for car crashes

On May 15, at around 7:30 p.m., a group of motorcycles was allegedly stopped in the roadway on Highway 20 near milepost 31, near Blodgett. An eastbound Nissan Maxima braked abruptly in an attempt to avoid colliding with the group of motorcycles, and as a result, a Dodge Challenger hit the rear of the Nissan, and a Volkswagen struck the rear of the Dodge.

No injuries were reported, but the owner of a Harley Davidson motorcycle, identified as Kopaka Lukela Cole, 45, of Olympia, Wash., was issued a citation by the Oregon State Police for impeding traffic.

The Dodge and the Volkswagen were towed from the scene, the Nissan was able to be driven away, and the motorcycle was not damaged.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.

Intoxicated driver flees crash scene

The Oregon State Police was dispatched at around 8:45 p.m. on May 15 to a report of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 101 near milepost 135 north of Newport.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived on scene first and learned the offending driver had fled the scene. Deputies located the driver a short time later and detained him until Oregon State Police officers arrived.

A crash investigation determined that a Cadillac was headed south and making an illegal pass when the driver lost control and rear-ended a Chevrolet Impala. The driver of the Impala was transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport for non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Cadillac, identified as Kobe Michael Walbert, 19, of South Beach, was exhibiting signs of impairment, according to the OSP report. He performed poorly on field sobriety tests and was taken into custody for DUII. He provided a blood sample to law enforcement and reportedly admitted to consuming alcohol and other controlled substances prior to the crash. Walbert was charged with DUII, reckless driving, recklessly endangering another person and second-degree criminal mischief.

Both vehicles were removed from the scene by Rowley’s Towing.

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