Firearm purchase denied
On the afternoon of Feb. 3, the Oregon State Police received a report of a firearms denial located at a Waldport area hardware store. The suspect was denied the firearms purchase due to currently being on bench probation for the crime of criminal trespass. The suspect was contacted and provided a statement. The investigation will be forward to the Lincoln County District Attorney to review possible criminal charges.
Driver leaves road, strikes fence
Just before 11 a.m. on Feb. 5, the Oregon State Police responded to a single-vehicle traffic crash at 11 Surfside Drive in Yachats.
At approximately 10:40 a.m., a red Honda Civic was traveling southbound on Highway 101 near milepost 165.5 when, for unknown reasons, the driver lost control of the vehicle and drove off the westbound shoulder of the roadway. The vehicle came to an uncontrolled rest after striking a wooden fence at the Surfside Drive residence.
No injuries were sustained, and the driver was wearing safety restraints. The driver, Madison Menard, 22, of Yachats, was issued a citation for Failure to Drive Within Lane. Due to utility work at the location, the vehicle could not be removed at the time of the investigation. Menard was responsible for making arrangements to remove the vehicle from the scene.
The residence was unoccupied at the time of the crash. The owner could not be located and information was left regarding the incident.
Traffic stop leads to warrant arrest
At approximately 6 p.m. on Feb. 6, an Oregon State Trooper stopped a vehicle for a lighting equipment violation near Westler Drive in Gleneden Beach. During the stop, the trooper discovered that the driver and registered owner of the vehicle, Mark Teal, 49, had an outstanding warrant in Lincoln County for a DUI probation violation. Teal was detained while the warrant was confirmed and subsequently arrested and transported to Lincoln County Jail. The vehicle and the dog inside the vehicle were attended to by a relative of Teal.
Driver cited following crash
At around 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 7, an Oregon State Trooper was dispatched to the scene of a two-car, non-injury crash.
A blue Chevrolet Cavalier was eastbound on Highway 18 near milepost 6 when the driver failed to see a white Dodge Durango stopping ahead of him, turning into the Salmon River RV Park. The Chevrolet struck the rear of the Dodge and sustained heavy front-end damage, but both vehicles were able to move off the roadway and onto a nearby driveway. The Dodge sustained minor rear-end damage.
During the investigation, the driver of the Chevrolet, Matthew Phillips, 28, of Otis, was issued citations for driving while suspended, driving while uninsured and failure to register his vehicle. The Chevrolet was impounded and towed from the scene by Car Care Tow Pro. The Dodge was able to drive from the scene under its own power.
Failure to yield causes crash
On Feb. 8, an Oregon State Trooper was dispatched to the scene of a three-car, non-injury crash which occurred in Neotsu at approximately 2:20 p.m.
A white Toyota Scion was stopped at NE Neotsu Drive while waiting to turn southbound onto Highway 101. The driver of the Toyota failed to yield at the stop sign and struck a gold Lexus sedan that was traveling northbound on Highway 101. The Toyota then reversed out of the highway and struck the red Hyundai Elantra that had originally been behind the Toyota on Neotsu Drive.
No injuries were reported and all the involved parties were wearing seatbelts. The vehicles were all drivable and stopped in the Neotsu Post Office parking lot. The driver of the Toyota, William Hensley, 67, of Bremerton, Wash., was issued a citation for Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device.
Pedestrian cited for improper positioning
Shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 8, Oregon State Police responded to an incident near milepost 105 on Highway 101.
A Silver Toyota Tacoma was being driven northbound when the driver swerved to avoid a pedestrian improperly positioned in the road. The Tacoma’s right front end sustained significant enough damage that it needed to be towed from the scene. The Tacoma did not contact the pedestrian.
The improperly positioned male had apparently jumped into the Salmon River over the bridge and swam out. The pedestrian was transported to North Lincoln Samaritan Hospital for treatment. The pedestrian, Ramon Carried, 29, of Hebo, was issued a citation for improper positioning. The vehicle was towed by Car Care Towing as a non-preference tow.