When Oregon Coast Visits Go Bad: Crime and Disasters This Week
(Newport, Oregon) – It's been a week of unhappy endings for a few visitors to the coast, as well as a handful of locals who allegedly made some bad, even criminal, decisions. There were some arrests in Lincoln County of both tourists and locals, along with the rather remarkable nose-dive taken by a motorhome towards the surf.
On Sunday, Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputies, the Oregon State Police, and Depoe Bay Fire Department received a call about a traffic crash involving a motorhome around Otter Crest Loop – just south of Depoe Bay.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s office said deputies arrived to find a 36-foot motorhome perched precariously on rocks below the road. It had taken a 100-foot plunge down the rocky face to land only ten feet from the ocean.
The driver, James Brown age 79 of Washington, told deputies he was parked just above and stepped out of the vehicle to walk his dog. The brakes failed and the motorhome began rolling away by itself.
A commercial wrecker was dispatched from Florence.
This road also saw another similar disaster around ten years ago when part of Otter Crest Loop gave way due to excessively soggy conditions, sending a vehicle down the embankment. A man and his son inside were forced to climb up the muddy slope.
The road was never the same and is now missing a lane - only a one-way road going south.
Also on Sunday, a Siletz man was arrested for DUII on Yaquina Bay Road at 1:10 a.m. Tyson Seaman, 19, was taken into custody after investigating a traffic crash on Yaquina Bay Rd at about MP 4. Deputy Sorby learned that Seaman had crashed his car by hitting a tree and a utility pole and then fled the scene. Seaman was located about two miles down the road driving with flat tires.
After conducting field sobriety tests, the deputy arrested Seaman. He was eventually charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol / Controlled Substances, Reckless Driving, and MIP Alcohol. Seaman’s bail was set at $30,000.00.
Monday, a Utah man was arrested on charges of harassment in Lincoln City. Sheriff officers responded to a domestic disturbance at a residence in the 5200 block of NW Keel Avenue in Lincoln City, after a caller reported a female juvenile came from a nearby house and asked to call the police.
Police say Darrell Keith Yarbrough, 49 of Salt Lake City, Utah, had poked the female juvenile in the face and eye several times with his finger. Yarbrough was taken into custody and transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he was lodged. His bail was set at $10,000.
A Eugene man led police on a chase between Newport and Toledo Saturday and was discovered to be a fugitive. According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Colin Teem pulled over the man for speeding when he turned into a driveway suddenly and bolted from the car.
The subject was apprehended and identified as Shawn Harrison Tull, 34 years of age from Eugene, Oregon. Police say the investigation revealed he was a passenger in the vehicle.
According to a press release, it was discovered that Tull had an outstanding Felony warrant from Colorado for Sex Abuse with a bail of $100,000. Tull also had an outstanding warrant for Traffic Crimes from Junction City and an outstanding Felony Warrant from Lane County for Felon in Possession of a Weapon and Unlawful Discharge of a Weapon with Physical Injury.Tull was taken into custody and transported to the Lincoln County Jail.
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