Newport Police Department received multiple 911 calls of an intoxicated driver leaving the South Beach State Park area traveling north on U.S. Hwy 101 in a black colored sedan. Additional callers reported the vehicle was all over the road, almost had a head on collision with several on-coming cars, and was crossing over the centerline into the on-coming lane.
A Newport Police Department Officer located the vehicle traveling east on SW Bay Blvd and attempted to initiate a traffic stop after observing the driver failing to maintain its lane. The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Pedro Romero Galicia, pulled into the public parking lot at the Abbey Street Pier and parked in a disabled parking space. Mr. Galicia then quickly exited his vehicle and took off running on foot.
The Officer recognized Mr. Galicia, who had an active warrant for his arrest, and pursued him on foot. The officer caught up to Galicia near the intersection of SW Bay Blvd and SW Fall St.
An off duty police officer from Juneau, Alaska observed the NPD officer engaged in a foot pursuit with Mr. Galicia and assisted in taking Mr. Galicia into custody.
Mr. Galicia resisted being taken into custody and a Taser was deployed. During the struggle, Mr. Galicia knocked over a lawfully parked, unoccupied motorcycle, causing significant damage to it.
Mr. Galicia was then taken into custody without further incident.
The Officer observed several noticeable signs of impairment coming from Mr. Galicia when was taken into custody. A DUII Investigation was conducted and Mr. Garcia was arrested and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on the following charges:
Pedro Romero Galicia, age 29 of Newport, Oregon
Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicant (DUII)
Escape in the Third Degree
Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer on Foot
Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree
Three separate Lincoln County Circuit Court Warrants for Failure to Appear