Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy Barry Bruster responded to a report of a burglary Wednesday night during which a man had forced his way into a residence two miles of Toledo on Highway 20.
Deputy Bruster learned through his investigation that the homeowner was asleep in his room when he was awaked by his mother screaming in another room. He ran down the hall and found a man standing over his mother’s bed. Suspect Matthew Simmons, 34, fled the residence, but in his haste left behind some personal property with his name on it.
Simmons was contacted and arrested a short time later by Newport Police on unrelated charges. Newport Police had found him passed out in his Jeep after a hit and run.
Simmons was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on charges by the sheriff’s office of Burglary, Theft and Criminal Mischief. He was also charged by the Newport Police department with Reckless Driving, Criminal Mischief, Driving under the Influence of Intoxicants, Unlawful Possession of Oxycodone and Hit and Run (property). His total bail is set at $260,000.