Information from Newport Police
A Newport man with a serious criminal record appeared to be attempting suicide off the south side of the main span of the Yaquina Bay Bridge this afternoon.
Newport Police received a call from a passing motorist that there was a man at about mid-span on the Yaquina Bay Bridge sitting on the railing with nothing between him but 135 feet of air and certain death hitting the water. When officers arrived, they found a male on the west side of the bridge, at the south end of the main span. He was standing on the outside of the railing. He also had a knife to his throat.
Arriving officers shut down the bridge at both ends and notified ODOT along with the Coast Guard and Newport Fire.
Officers tried to negotiate with the subject, later identified as 41 year old Donald Winslow of Newport. Police say Winslow was uncooperative. He would climb back to the road side of the railing, then climb back to the outside of the railing.
At one point, officers were able to distract Winslow while he was on the road side of the railing. The officers rushed him just as he tried to leap off the railing. Although he struggled, officers were able to drag him back to safety and then subdue him.
Officer Kraig Mitchell sustained a minor injury to his hand. Winslow was not injured. Winslow was taken into custody and transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital for evaluation. Later Winslow was transported to the Lincoln County Jail on charges of Robbery, Assault on a Public Safety Officer and Disorderly Conduct. Winslows bail was set at $60,000.
According to jail records, Winslow has a long prison record and was recently lodged in the Lincoln County Jail for parole violation and possession of meth.
The bridge was reopened after being closed for about 35 minutes. Officers were assisted at the scene by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the Newport Fire Department.