A Siletz woman, spotted driving recklessly on Highway 101 just north of Yachats this weekend, was arrested for DUII among other charges, and not only did she go to jail, her Mercedes Benz was confiscated, lock, stock and engine block by the county. She forfeited her car.
Sheriff’s deputies got a report that a woman driving a silver Mercedes was driving recklessly just north of Yachats on 101. Although a deputy couldn’t catch up to the woman in time, 9-1-1 dispatch got a call from a resident in Seal Rock saying that a woman driving a silver Mercedes had just pulled into her driveway and that the resident had no idea who the woman was.
Within a few minutes, the deputy was parked behind the Mercedes at the home on NW Howard Drive and quickly determined that Irene Marie Somes was definitely impaired. Not only was she DUII, the deputy learned that there was a warrant for her arrest out of Polk County for failing to appear on another DUII charge.
Somes was taken to the Lincoln County Jail where she was booked for DUII, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, Providing False Information to a Police Officer, Failure to Carry a Driver’s License, Driving While Suspended, and for the Failure to Appear in Polk County. Somes’ bail was set at $100,000.
Not only was Somes taken into custody, so was her car. But there is no bail on the car because it is now the property of Lincoln County taxpayers who now own it due to her continued illegal operation of it; under the influence of intoxicants. It’s yet another car taken away by Lincoln County under its DUII Forefeiture Program.