Early Tuesday morning Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Salishan Golf Course on a report a silver SUV driving down a golf cart path and through portions of the golf course. A golf course employee contacted two middle aged males in the vehicle. A brief confrontation ensued. The suspects then fled at a high rate of speed. The employee called 9-1-1.
Soon after, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies received a call from a homeowner five miles south of the intersection of Highway 101 and Siletz Hwy. The homeowner reported an unknown male had entered his home and caused a confrontation. The intruder quickly fled in a silver SUV.
As deputies and OSP troopers responded to the scene they received a report of a burglary. The caller, an elderly female, reported that while driving south on Siletz Highway near mile post 5, she was flagged down by two men standing next to a silver SUV. She reported one of them tried to force his way into her vehicle.
Law enforcement officials arrived shortly after and contacted the suspects in the silver SUV. The investigation revealed Damon Hodge, 46 of Portland and his passenger Mark Hays, 48, also from Portland, trespassed at the Salishan Golf Course. After leaving the golf course they traveled to Siletz Hwy near South Alta Drive where their vehicle ran out of gas. Michael Hodge entered a nearby home and was confronted by the homeowner who chased him off. A short time later a passing motorist was flagged down by the two men. Hays grabbed the passenger door handle but fortunately the car door was locked. The motorist sped away from the scene and called 911. A short while later Hays and Hodge were apprehended by law enforcement officers and taken into custody.
Michael Hodge was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail for Criminal Trespass I, Criminal Trespass II, Burglary I, Attempted Robbery in the third degree, Attempted Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle and Attempted Unauthorized of a Use Motor Vehicle. Hope’s bail was set at $212,500.
Mark Hays was booked into the Lincoln County jail on the same charges but also for Driving Under the Influence, Reckless Driving and Driving on a Revoked license. His bail was set at $292,500.
If you you happened to the mens’ vehicle or any police action involving this vehicle, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office would like you to contact them. Please call 541.265.0777 and ask for Senior Deputy Boys: case number 20s-00461
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Oregon State Police and the Lincoln City Police Department.