The suspect vehicle continued onto Highway 18 at speeds in excess of 100 MPH. The Lincoln City Police department dispatched multiple patrol units to assist in the pursuit. Deputy Biel pursued the vehicle to the 400 Block of N. North Bank Road, where the driver lost control and crashed. The suspect vehicle struck and severed a power pole before rolling down an embankment. Low hanging energized power lines caused arching, preventing law enforcement from immediately attempting rescue.
North Lincoln Fire & Rescue along with Pacific West Ambulance responded to provide assistance. Pacific Power arrived to de-energize the effected power lines and re-establish service to the community. Lincoln County Sheriff’s office deployed its canine unit in attempt to locate the driver who had fled the area on foot without success. The investigation into positive identification of the driver is ongoing.