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Update: Suspected drunk driver loses control on Yaquina Bay Bridge –

Rollover crash on Yaquina Bay Bridge.
Greg Henton photo

Newport Police Officers were dispatched Thursday afternoon to a single vehicle rollover crash on the north end of the Yaquina Bay Bridge.  Responding Officers pulled up to find a blue 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser resting on its side, blocking both lanes on the Yaquina Bay Bridge. 

The entire passenger side of the car had been ripped off.  The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, identified as William Scott Martin, was still inside.  Newport Fire Department Personnel removed the rear door of the vehicle so that Martin could safely be removed.

Martin refused to exit the vehicle.  Officers couldn’t coax him out so they forcibly removed him.  Officers noted signs of impairment when speaking with Martin. He was transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  Once released from the hospital, Martin was lodged in the Lincoln County Jail on charges of:  DUII, Reckless Driving and Reckless Endangering.

Witnesses told police that Martin was headed southbound on Hwy 101 at a high rate of speed.  Martin left the southbound travel lane just as he was approaching the bridge.  He traveled up and over a concrete divider between the roadway and the sidewalk, and struck a large concrete pillar flipping the car, causing it to land on its side.

The bridge was closed for approximately 90 minutes while crews cleared the wreckage.

Any witnesses who were not interviewed at the scene are encouraged to contact Officer Calvin Davis or Officer Carlos Gamboa at 541-574-3348.

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