A young Siletz man has been charged with drunk driving, reckless endangerment of his passengers and two charges of assault on two passengers who suffered injuries as the result of his reckless drunk driving
On Saturday, at about 6:45 PM, Deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a single vehicle multiple injury traffic crash on Logsden Road about a half of a mile east of Siletz.
Upon arrival deputies discovered a black Scion in the ditch that appeared to have flipped or rolled over causing at least one of the four occupants of the vehicle to be ejected. One of the passengers had suffered serious injuries and the other two passengers suffered minor injuries. The driver, identified as Christopher Lorenzo Garza age 22 of Siletz, exhibited signs of impairment and failed field sobriety tests. Garza was taken into custody for DUII.
The Multi Agency Crash Team was activated, which consists of members from the DA’s Office, OSP, officers from the Newport Police Department, the Toledo Police Department, The Lincoln City Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and ODOT. The MACT investigation revealed that Garza was driving westbound on Logsden Road at a high rate of speed when he failed to negotiate a curve a half mile east of Siletz and lost control of his vehicle. The vehicle went off the right side of the pavement hit a ditch and a fence, and landed in a ditch.
Garza was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail where he was charged with DUII, Reckless Driving, 3 counts of Recklessly Endangering, and two counts of Assault in the Third Degree, resulting in a bail of $175,000.00.