Drunk Driver Arrested

On August 31, Newport Police Officers responded to Fred Meyer on a report from a citizen of a male slumped over in his vehicle. Officers located a male, identified as Richard D. Manser of Newport, in his car displaying apparent signs of impairment. He was the subject of an earlier driving complaint received by Newport Police. Officers contacted Manser and attempted to communicate with him. He refused to communicate with the officer and proceeded to roll up his windows, lock the vehicle doors, then began rapidly ingesting unknown pills, and refused to exit the car. Officers forced entry into the vehicle and removed Manser to prevent him from harming himself.

He physically resisted support from the officers and shouted “Obscenities” to officers and surrounding citizens, spreading alarm. He was secured in handcuffs and began to fight with Officers. Manser was transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities hospital by ambulance for evaluation. At the completion of his evaluation, her was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail for Attempted Assault on a Peace Officer, Reckless Driving, and Disorderly Conduct and was cited for DUII. His bail was set at $40,000. The Newport Police Department thanked the citizens for reporting this incident and potentially preventing a more dangerous situation.

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

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