Oregon State Police Log: February 17


Cannabis use results in DUII charge

A single-vehicle crash on Highway 229 near milepost 10 at around 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 19 resulted in the driver being cited for DUII.

An Oregon State Police officer investigating the incident learned that the driver of a Ford sedan was southbound and negotiating a curve when he lost control. The car crashed into an embankment, and a juvenile passenger was injured.

The driver, identified as Frank Filip Swett, 22, of Newport, was exhibiting numerous signs of impairment and reportedly admitted to using cannabis earlier in the day, according to the OSP report. He agreed to undergo field sobriety tests and performed poorly, the report stated.

Swett allegedly resisted arrest as he was being taken into custody. He was lodged in the Lincoln County Jail on charges of DUII – cannabis, reckless driving, recklessly endangering another person, fourth-degree assault, unlawful delivery of marijuana and resisting arrest.

The vehicle was towed from the scene by Car Care Tow Pro.

Man charged with car theft

The Oregon State Police was notified at around 9:15 a.m. on Jan. 28 of a possible suspect in a stolen vehicle case. 

State troopers and a Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy responded to property near milepost 10 on Highway 20, where they contacted Blaine Evan Barron, 30. Barron was taken into custody, cited and released for the stolen vehicle — a Ford Explorer — from Marion County.

Crash results in DUII, drug charges

A single-vehicle crash on Highway 18 near milepost 7 was investigated by the Oregon State Police at around 7:30 a.m. on Feb. 2.

The state trooper responded to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City, where the driver had been taken after suffering injuries in the crash.

An investigation revealed that the driver, identified as Ray Eugene Myrick, 56, was impaired at the time of the crash, according to the OSP report. He agreed to provide blood and urine samples. He was cited for DUII and unlawful possession of more than 2 grams of methamphetamine.

The vehicle was towed from the scene.

Driver leaves scene of crash

The Oregon State Police responded to a hit-and-run crash at around 3 p.m. on Jan. 21 on Highway 101 in Waldport.

A southbound Ford F150 pickup had crossed over three lanes of traffic and onto the northbound shoulder before crashing into a retaining wall on the Alsea Bay Bridge. The driver then drove the vehicle one block before parking it on private property — the front left wheel of the pickup was disabled, but the driver kept on driving, according to the OSP report.

The vehicle smelled of alcohol, the report stated, and the driver fled from the area. However, the driver was identified by several witnesses as Stephanie Kay Rilatos, 54, of Corvallis. According to the police report, the driver will be charged with failing to perform the duties of a driver, driving while suspended and reckless driving.

Driver cited for DUII

An Oregon State Police officer was dispatched to investigate a driving complaint at around 5 p.m. on Feb. 1 on Highway 101 near Moolack Beach, north of Newport.

The report received by OSP said a Dodge Caravan was traveling south, with the vehicle moving slowly and the driver failing to stay within the lane.

The officer located the vehicle and pulled the driver over, noticing a strong odor of alcohol when making contact, according to the OSP report. The driver, identified as Margaret Esstella Tackett, 70, of Newport, was reportedly uncooperative and refused to perform field sobriety tests. She was taken into custody for DUII and was transported to the Lincoln County Jail, where she refused to provide a breath sample. A warrant was applied for and obtained to seize blood and urine samples. Tackett was cited and released on charges of DUII and reckless driving. 

The vehicle was towed from the scene by Coast Towing.

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