Vehicles driven away from fender bender

At 6:03 p.m. June 16, an Oregon State Police trooper investigated a two-vehicle crash that occurred on Highway 101 in the intersection of West Devils Lake Rd. A Ford Explorer rear-ended a Mercedes station wagon when, for an unknown reason, it lurched forward while stopped at a red light. No one was injured and both vehicles were able to be driven from the scene.

Crash results in citations

On Sunday, June 21, an Oregon State Police trooper investigated a single-vehicle crash near milepost 9 on Highway 18.

A 2006 Dodge Ram pickup, driven by Brenton James Vanderkooy, 23, of Hermiston, was headed east at around 5:30 a.m. when the driver reportedly fell asleep. The pickup went off the road, collided with a utility pole and came to rest in some trees.

Fire department personnel and medics were on the scene prior to OSP’s arrival. Vanderkooy was transported to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City for evaluation. OSP followed up at the hospital, and Vanderkooy was cited for failing to drive within the lane and for driving while suspended.

The pickup was removed from the scene by Car Care Tow Pro.

Two car crashes near Rose Lodge

An Oregon State Police trooper was dispatched to investigate a report of a multi-car crash at around 11:50 a.m. on Sunday, June 21, on Highway 18 in Rose Lodge.

When the officer arrived at the location, he discovered there were two separate crashes at the same location. 

A 2010 Kia Soul was traveling west on Highway 18 in front of the Rose Lodge Market when a 2011 Ford F-150 pickup attempted to turn right out of the parking lot. The pickup clipped the rear passenger side of the Kia, taking off its rear bumper upon impact. Both vehicles were able to be driven from the scene.

The second crash actually involved three vehicles near milepost 5 on Highway 18. A Toyota Camry had come to a stop due to heavy traffic and was rear-ended by a Subaru BRZ. A Honda Pilot then rear-ended the Subaru. No injuries were reported. The Subaru had to be towed from the scene.

Driver reportedly crashes after falling asleep

An Oregon State Police officer responded to a single-vehicle crash at around 3 a.m. on Friday, June 19, at Highway 101 and Highway 18 north of Lincoln City.

A Hyundai Accent, driven by a 35-year-old Spokane, Wash., man, was southbound when it traveled over the west shoulder, through a highway reflector and into a tree, coming to rest facing west. The driver, who reported falling asleep, was wearing safety restraints, and airbags deployed. He was transported to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City for treatment of minor injuries, and his car was removed from the scene by Car Care Tow Pro.

Car crash leads to DUII charge

An Oregon State Police officer investigated a single-vehicle crash at around 4:20 p.m. on Monday, June 22, on Highway 101 near milepost 162, north of Yachats.

A Nissan Frontier had been headed north when it drifted across the southbound lane and crashed into the ditch.

The driver, identified as Lanny Gordon Harrison, 72, was showing signs of impairment when interviewed by police, and several containers of alcohol were located in the vehicle, according to the OSP report.

Harrison was transported to Peace Harbor Medical Center in Florence. An OSP officer re-interviewed him at the hospital, and Harrison reportedly admitted to drinking alcohol prior to the crash and using prescription medication, which warned against mixing with alcohol. He consented to a blood test, which showed him to have a blood alcohol content of 0.116 percent.

Harrison was cited on charges of reckless driving and DUII and was released to the care of the hospital. The Nissan was removed from the scene by Rowley’s Towing.

Driver cited after traffic stop

An Oregon State Police officer pulled over the driver of a Ford Focus at around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23, after the driver failed to stop at a stop sign at Highway 34 and Northeast Commercial Street in Waldport. 

According to the OSP log, the driver, identified as Aja Reyna Larue, 30, said she did not have a driver’s license with her. She also reportedly admitted she shouldn’t be driving and was worried about going to jail.

OSP ran a records check and found that Larue had a suspended license. The state trooper warned her for failure to obey a traffic control device and cited her for driving while suspended and driving without insurance.