A distracted driver from Bend wound up in the Lincoln County Jail after his SUV nearly hit a Newport Police Cruiser head-on, just east of town.
Newport Police Sergeant Purdom was headed west on US Highway 20 a mile and a half east of the city when he observed a silver Toyota 4-Runner traveling coming the other way. The SUV suddenly drifted to the right and hit the guard rail. The vehicle then came across the center line but Sgt. Purdom maneuvered his cruiser out of the way, barely avoiding a head-on. Sgt. Purdom and his passenger were not injured.
After the near miss Sgt. Purdom whipped around and confronted the driver, 33 year old Jeremy Hay of Bend. Hay said all he did was “look down” for a moment and he hit the guard rail. Sgt. Purdom determined that Hay was not impaired by alcohol or drugs but had 9-1-1 dispatch run a check on him. It came back that Hay was wanted on a felony warrant for parole violation and that he was driving on a suspended license.
And with that, Sgt. Purdom cuffed Hay and placed him in the back seat of his patrol car and transported him to the Lincoln County Jail where he is being held without bail on the parole violation and for possession of cocaine.