The parking lot of Bank of America in Newport filled up very quickly with police and sheriff’s patrol cars Friday afternoon as a wanted man was spotted there – a man who was possibly high on meth and had a gun.
When a Newport Police Officer observed Edington in the area of 10 SW Coast Highway, the officer tried to detain him. But Edington refused to comply with the officer’s commands. Due to previous information about a possible weapon, and Edington’s resistance, the officer deployed a Taser. The Taser had only a temporary effect on Edington, who became combative and tried to take the officer’s Taser. The officer was able to take Edington to the ground and restrain him until additional officers arrived.
Edington continued to resist several Newport Officers by kicking, shouting, and struggling. Edington was taken into custody and transported to the Lincoln County Jail.
During a search of Edington and his property, officers located a larger pocket knife in the shape of a handgun, equipped with sights and a grip, but with a knife blade rather than a barrel. officers also discovered methamphetamine.
Edington was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), Resisting Arrest, Carrying Concealed/Possession of Knife and Felony Warrant. His bail was set at $90,000.