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Man Arrested After Blocking the Highway With His Vehicle and Assaulting Responding Officers

On Tuesday, June 7th, Lincoln City Police arrested 43-year-old Matthew Ryan Garrett of Waldport on multiple charges after he blocked traffic on Hwy 101 with his vehicle and struck a passing vehicle with an object. 

At about 4:30 AM, the Lincoln City Dispatch Center received a report of a vehicle parked in the southbound lane of Hwy 101 near SW 32nd Street without any lights on. The driver was reportedly standing outside his vehicle and appeared to be agitated. Additional reports indicated the man was trying to hit vehicles with an object as they tried to drive around him, and had actually struck a vehicle with the object. 

When officers arrived, they contacted the man who became very confrontational and aggressive towards them. As officers attempted to arrest the man, later identified as Matthew Ryan Garrett, he began fighting with them and resisting arrest. Officers attempted to use Tasers on Garrett to get him into custody, but the Taser deployments were unsuccessful. Further attempts to de-escalate the situation failed and once additional officers arrived, a less-lethal round was deployed, which had only a limited effect on Garrett.  Several officers were able to wrestle Garrett to the ground and handcuffed him. After being taken into custody, Garrett was transported to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital by Pacific West Ambulance for treatment of minor injuries. Garrett was later transported to the Lincoln County Jail and lodged of charges of Criminal Mischief II, Disorderly Conduct II, Resisting Arrest, Assaulting a Public Safety Officer and Menacing. 

One LCPD officer went to North Lincoln Hospital for medical evaluation of his injury and was later released. A second officer’s injury was minor and he will seek other medical evaluation. The extent and status of their injuries are undetermined at this time.   

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