You may recall last week that Sheriff’s Deputies caught up with a man who was wanted for beating up a fellow Waldport resident. More information is now available. The victim managed to escape his assailant. But Waldport being a small town, it didn’t take long for law enforcement to figure out who did the slugging and they spotted him driving what turned out to be a stolen red compact car.
Suspect Richard Leach of Waldport was spotted by a sharp eyed Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy and went after him. For some reason, Leach’s stolen car kept losing air in its tires and was forced to drive a considerable distance on two flat tires. Officers caught up with him at Eckman Creek Road and Lakeside. The Toyota hit road spikes and that stopped the chase.
Leach was transported to the Lincoln County Jail on charges of Kidnapping, Weapons Violation, Auto Theft, Eluding Police, Pointing a Firearm at Another and more. Leach was lodged in the Lincoln County Jail on a $730,000 bail.