Truck damages guardrail
A box truck headed west on Highway 20 damaged an estimated 100 feet of guardrail after the vehicle left the lane of travel near milepost 26 at around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2.
The driver told an Oregon State Police officer investigating the crash that the truck’s steering mechanism had failed. A mechanic responded and verified the steering problem. The vehicle was towed from the scene, and no injuries were reported.
Attempted firearm purchase investigated
An Oregon State Police officer was dispatched to Lincoln City Sporting Goods at around 2:45 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, to investigate a firearm purchase denial. According to the state police report, a male was denied purchase of a firearm due to an active bench probation and several non-serviceable warrants from out of state. The man was contacted by the OSP officer and interviewed at the store. The case will be forwarded to the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office for review.
Driver jailed for DUII
An Oregon State Police officer pulled over the driver of a Ford pickup shortly before midnight on Friday, Oct. 4. The officer stopped the driver on Highway 101 near the Newport Municipal Airport for multiple moving violations and reasonable suspicion of DUII.
The officer made contact with the driver and noticed signs of impairment, and field sobriety tests were administered. The driver, identified as James Alfred Pierce, 57, of South Beach, was arrested for DUII and was transported to the Lincoln County Jail, where a breath test revealed a blood alcohol content of 0.10 percent. He was lodged in the jail. The pickup was secured at the scene, and a passenger in the vehicle decided to walk home, according to the state police report.
Erratic driving leads to DUII arrest
The Oregon State Police responded to a driving complaint just after midnight on Friday, Oct. 4. A witness said the driver of a Honda CRV was swerving on Highway 101 north of Newport and was driving at speeds between 40 and 80 miles per hour. An OSP officer located the vehicle and also observed poor driving.
After performing a traffic stop near milepost 137, the officer noticed the driver showing signs of impairment. An open can of beer was observed in the vehicle, and a handgun was also seen partially concealed under the driver.
The driver, identified as Julian Manning Wallack Eisen, 25, of Eugene, consented to field sobriety tests and performed them poorly. He was taken into custody on charges of DUII and reckless driving. He was also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm because he did not have a valid concealed handgun license.
Eisen was transported to the Lincoln County Jail, where a breath test revealed he had a blood alcohol content of 0.22 percent. He was lodged in the jail, and his vehicle was towed from the scene.