On January 13th, 2019 the Newport Police Department responded to the Bayfront, near the 600 block of SW Bay Blvd., on a report of a subject threatening to molest an 8 year old female. Officers arrived and contacted the victim juvenile, along with her parent. Further investigation revealed Eric Ross Drennen, 33 of Newport, had made statements to the victim about molesting them, as well as placing the victim in fear of personal harm by Drennen’s words and actions.
Officers located Drennen in the area and attempted to talk to Drennen about the incident. Drennen walked away from officers while he was being questioned. Officers attempted to detain Drennen in handcuffs, Drennen pulled away and resisted officers attempts to restrain him.
Drennen was eventually detained. Officers escorted Drennen to a patrol vehicle, where officers attempted to place him inside to transport Drennen to the Lincoln County Jail. Drennen resisted officers’ attempts and refused to be loaded. An OSP Game Trooper, who was driving past, stopped and rendered assistance. Not wanting to risk injury to Drennen or any officers, NPD officers requested the jail transport van. Once the jail van was on scene, officers were able to secure Drennen in the vehicle, and transport him to the jail without further incident.
Eric Ross Drennen was booked into jail on the following charges;