An investigation of a vehicle-versus-pedestrian crash on Highway 34 east of Waldport at around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 4, resulted in the driver being arrested for attempted murder.
An Oregon State Police officer was dispatched to the scene about a mile west of Tidewater. When he arrived, he found two males associated with a Chevrolet Silverado at the site. One of the males was transported via Life Flight helicopter to Sacred Heart Medical Center RiverBend in Eugene, with life-threatening injuries.
The second male, identified as Brandy Collins Leonard II, 26, of Waldport, reportedly admitted to being the driver of the pickup. He was exhibiting several signs of impairment and consented to field sobriety tests, performing poorly, according to an OSP report. He was taken into custody for DUII.
Upon further investigation, it was learned the two occupants of the vehicle were father and son, and they had been involved in a physical altercation while driving. The son, after stopping to allow the father to exit the vehicle, allegedly struck his father with the truck. He then exited the vehicle and further physically assaulted the father, according to the OSP report.
Leonard was lodged in the Lincoln County Jail and charged with attempted murderer in the second degree, assault in the first degree, assault in the second degree, assault in the third degree and DUII. The pickup was towed as evidence.
At a court hearing held on Monday, Leonard entered a plea of not guilty to all charges. He was still in custody at the jail as of press time on Tuesday, and a pre-trial release hearing was set for 2 p.m. today, July 8