Police respond to vehicle fire
At around 9:15 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 29, the Oregon State Police responded to a report of a vehicle on fire near milepost 9 on Highway 18. No injuries were reported, and the vehicle didn’t pose a hazard to other motorists traveling on the highway.
At the time the report was called in to the state police, a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy was already on scene and was awaiting the arrival of fire department. When a state trooper arrived about 50 minutes after the initial report, the officer learned that the cause of the fire was material burning in the bed of a pickup. The fire was put out using fire extinguishers obtained from a passing vehicle, and the pickup had already been driven from the scene.
The burned contents from the pickup had been left on the side of the road to cool, and the driver reportedly said he would be back to pick up the debris.
No further action was taken by the state police.
Woman jailed on drunk-driving charge
People living in the Kernville area called authorities at around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, to report an intoxicated female walking around on their gated property near the intersection of Highway 101 and Highway 229.
The woman had gotten into a Ford pickup parked outside the property by the time an Oregon State Police officer arrived on the scene. She reportedly admitted to the officer that she had driven to that location.
The officer observed signs of impairment, and the driver, identified as Petula Crystal Covert, 51, of Lincoln City, refused to take field sobriety tests. She was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants and was transported to the Lincoln County Jail. A breath test administered at the jail showed her to have a blood alcohol content of .24 percent, three times the legal limit.
Covert was lodged in the jail, and the owner of the pickup planned to retrieve his vehicle from the scene, according to OSP.
Driver cited following crash
The Oregon State Police investigated a report of a rollover traffic crash near milepost 31 on Highway 20, which occurred at around 5:40 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6.
A Subaru Legacy, driven by Roberto Espinosa-Hughes, 19, of Toledo, left the roadway for an unknown reason and struck a tree, causing the vehicle to roll onto it top. Occupants in the vehicle were reportedly not injured but were transported by personal vehicle to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport to be evaluated.
The driver told OSP that he had lost control and began swerving prior to the crash. He was cited for driving uninsured. The vehicle was removed from the scene by Rowley’s Towing.
— Oregon State Police