Drunk Driver Arrested After Fleeing From Crash

On March 30, 2017 at approximately 9:57 PM deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a reported traffic crash in the 1300 block of NE Yaquina Heights Drive in Newport. During their response, witnesses reported a white adult male fled from the crash on foot and provided a clothing description. Deputies arrived in the area and conducted a search. During the search Matthew Eugene Dabney age 46 of Newport was located in the brush near the crash scene. Dabney’s cloths matched the description reported by the witnesses.

During the investigation Deputy Barth noticed Dabney was displaying signs of impairment and was placed under arrest for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and three counts of Fail to Perform Duties of Driver (Hit and Run). Dabney was transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he provided a breath sample which showed a blood alcohol content of .18%, over twice the legal limit. Dabney was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail with a total bail of $60,000

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office thanks the citizens who witnessed and reported the crash.

Information provided by LCSO