Shortly after midnight Wednesday morning, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies were notified by Philomath Police and Benton County Sheriff’s Deputies that they were chasing a vehicle failing to yield west bound on Hwy 20 at speeds reported to be around 100 MPH.
Newport and Toledo Police Department began setting up at possible spike strip locations along the route.
The suspect turned onto Elk City Road off of Hwy 20 near mile post 15. The suspect continued west until Sunnyridge Rd in Toledo. The suspect then took a series of turns onto gravel logging roads which lead the pursuit onto North Beaver Creek Road in the Seal Rock area.
At approximately mile post 2 on North Beaver Creek Road, Deputy Derick Smith also successfully deployed spike strips in hope they could stop the fleeing driver. Additional spike strips were deployed by Deputy Siscilee Gouge and Sergeant Karl Vertner near mile post 1. But the suspect persistently continued forward through the dark.
After the third deployment of road spikes, the suspect continued driving along on three flat tires to the intersection of North Beaver Creek and Highway 101. The driver turned north and then east onto Estate Drive and into the Makai neighborhood.. The suspect then turned down a dead end street which fortunately forced him to stop. Suspect Eddy Lee Brown, 49 of Newport, was taken into custody. Thus ended the pursuit that dragged on for over an hour, covering about 60 miles.
Brown was initially lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on charges related to the pursuit. Additional charges were added as Brown was under investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office for a crime spree he conducted during the winter months of 2019.
Mr. Brown’s charges include Theft, Burglary, Criminal Mischief, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Attempt to Elude Police. His bail is $650,000.00. Additional charges are expected to be filed in neighboring Benton County where the pursuit began.