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Vehicle Pursuit, DUII Arrest - 03/03/23

On March 2nd, at about 11:00p.m., a Newport Police Officer observed a Subaru Legacy driving carelessly at a high rate of speed near Hwy 101 and SW Angle ST.  The Officer activated his overhead police lights to stop the car.  The driver failed to yield to the Officer and instead sped up continuing south on Hwy 101. Near Hwy 101 and SW 68th ST, the driver then turned around and headed back north on Hwy 101 at high rates of speed. 

Newport Officers were able to deploy “spike strips” on the roadway which the driver drove over.  The driver continued north on Hwy 101, still refusing to pull his vehicle over. The driver lost control of his vehicle near Hwy 101 and SW Lee ST and side-swiped a motorist who had stopped on the highway near the location. The driver of the stopped vehicle suffered minor injuries related to the crash. The driver then ran into the curb near Hwy 101 and SW Angle ST where he was originally observed driving carelessly.  Officers took the driver into custody without further incident.

The driver was identified as Adam HILLYARD of Otis, OR. The Officer noticed an odor of alcohol type beverage as he spoke to HILLYARD.  HILLYARD consented to field sobriety test and failed. HILLYARD gave a breath sample that resulted in a blood alcohol level of .10%. HILLYARD also admitted to smoking marijuana ‘dabs’ earlier in the afternoon.     

HILLYARD was arrested for Eluding a Police Officer, Reckless driving, Reckless Endangering, Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Felony) Criminal Mischief II, and Assault 3. He was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail.

The Newport Police Department wants to thank the Lincoln County Sheriffs Office and the Oregon State Police for their assistance. 

If you have any information regarding this case, contact Officer Mangum of the Newport Police Department at 541-574-3348. The Newport Police Tip Line is available at 541-574-5455, or Text-a-Tip at 541-270-1856 or 

DUII/ Crash (Photo) - 03/03/23

On February 27th, 2023, at 7:29pm, Newport Police were requested to help locate an overdue motorist in the area of NE 12th and NE Eads Streets. Officers were advised Tammy Altishin, 46, of Corvallis, was late meeting a family member at the Sam Case School. It was reported Altishin was driving a white Lexus SUV, and officers were given the plate for the vehicle. It was also reported Altishin was possibly driving while intoxicated.

A 11:22pm, a Newport officers was conducting a routine area check in the area of Big Creek Reservoir. Near the second reservoir, the officer encountered a female walking in the roadway. The female was completely wet and appeared confused. The officer contacted the female and identified her as Altishin.

Altishin showed signs of impairment and told the officer she had “sunk her vehicle in a pond.” She told the officer she was lost and took a wrong turn. She said she tried to turn around, but ended up backing her vehicle into the water. Altishin said her vehicle had become completely submerged and she had to get out of the vehicle and swim for the shore.

Officers looked extensively for the vehicle, but were unable to find the vehicle or identify roadway evidence where the vehicle entered the water.

Based on the totality of the circumstances, Altishin was transported to the Lincoln County Jail where a DUII investigation was completed and Altishin was arrested for DUII. 

On March 1st, 2023, with the assistance of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officer Marine Unit and their Forestry Deputy, the vehicle was located in the second reservoir. An aerial drone was used to search the waterway of the reservoir and the vehicle was found to be submerged in about 11 feet of water, and 120’ away from the shore.

With the assistance of a diver, the vehicle was removed from the reservoir and towed from the area.

Units on scene, along with City Officials and the City of Newport Water Department, worked together to recover the vehicle.  The City of Newport Water Department surveyed the area and confirmed the submerged vehicle did not contaminate the City’s water system.

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