Man arrested for DUII


An Oregon State Police officer responded to a vehicle crash at around 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31, near milepost 120 on Highway 101, just south of Kernville.

A Kia Rio was heading south when it was driven across the north lane of travel, where it went off the road and struck a tree, sustaining moderate front-end damage.

The driver, identified as Erick Marie Degeus, 63, of Gleneden Beach, was exhibiting signs of impairment and reportedly admitted to smoking marijuana earlier in the morning. Degeus performed field sobriety tests and then was arrested on charges of DUII-controlled substance and reckless driving and was transported to the Lincoln County Jail.

Degeus underwent a breath test, which measured a .00 percent blood alcohol content. The driver then provided a urine sample.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and Pacific West Ambulance assisted at the scene. Car Care towed the vehicle from the scene.


Impaired driver arrested on multiple charges

The Oregon Sate Police responded to a driving complaint shortly after 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, at Brian Booth State Wayside north of Seal Rock. A witness had flagged down a Pacific West Ambulance after following a possible intoxicated driver southbound on Highway 101 from Newport.

The driver of a blue, 1994 Chevrolet pickup was reportedly having difficulty maintaining the vehicle in its lane and was driving at erratic speeds. The pickup pulled over to the shoulder at Brian Booth State Wayside and drove into the grass. The vehicle was stuck on a boulder and the driver was attempting to drive away, when the witness made contact and prevented him from driving further.

The driver showed signs of impairment but was transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital via ambulance. An intoxicated female passenger was riding in the bed of the pickup with her dog, but left on foot once a Lincoln County Deputy arrived at the scene. She was later located and interviewed.

The driver, identified as James Todd Brewer, 54, of Marcola, was later contacted at the hospital and showed signs of impairment and admitted to drinking wine earlier in the morning. While at the hospital, he was arrested for DUII, reckless endangering, and failure to report as a sex offender. He consented to and provided a blood sample. The driver was cited and released for the above charges. The vehicle was left in the possession of the passenger and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office assisted in getting her and the vehicle taken care of.


Two cited for hunting at night

At around 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, a plane operated by the Oregon State Police observed a vehicle driving at night on the last day of Western Oregon Deer season on Hancock Timber land, area which is only open for public access during the day.

Passengers in the plane watched the driver cast a light from the truck into a clear cut area, saw the truck stop and turn off its headlights, then observed two lights being cast into the clear cut from next to the vehicle. The truck was contacted by an OSP game officer on the ground. Two men were found to be in possession of a buck deer on which a tag had not been validated or attached. Both admitted to being on the Hancock property and spotlighting deer.

The two men, identified as Nelson Morales, 59, and Leng Cha Xiong, 49, of Keizer, were cited and released for criminal trespass while in possession of a firearm and casting a light on a game mammal while armed. The subject who shot the deer was also cited and released for failure to immediately validate his deer tag and was warned for not attaching the tag to the animal. Two bolt action rifles, one shotgun, one .22-caliber pistol and two lights were seized as evidence.