Official report from Newport Police
On 07/04/2012, at about 10:55 p.m., Newport Police Officers received information from Willamette Valley Central Communications (WVCC) Dispatch regarding a suicidal subject reported to be driving to Newport with the intent of jumping off the Yaquina Bay Bridge. At that time, the caller identified the suicidal subject as Mark Timothy Trunk, age 55 of Damascus, Oregon.
Newport Police Officers began checking the area for the subject’s known vehicle. At 11:33 p.m., a Newport Officer observed the car south-bound on Hwy 101 towards the Yaquina Bay Bridge. Two officers made a traffic stop on the car with the intent to check the welfare of the driver. After initially stopping, the vehicle sped off at a high rate of speed. The officers pursued the vehicle, quickly reaching speeds of 90 MPH. The pursuit was terminated minutes later when it became unsafe to continue due to the subject’s high speeds and heavy traffic in the area associated with 4th of July events.
At 11:47 p.m., a Lincoln County Deputy Sheriff observed the same vehicle making a U-turn on the Alsea Bay Bridge in Waldport. He notified area officers that the vehicle was now north-bound on Hwy 101 back towards Newport.
At a few minutes past midnight, Newport Officers and an OSP Trooper observed the vehicle north-bound on Hwy 101 from South Beach. They began following it with the intent of just watching the subject to ensure he did not try to harm himself. Shortly thereafter, when the subject’s car slid to a stop at the center section of the Yaquina Bay Bridge, it was struck from behind by the OSP Trooper’s vehicle which was unable to stop in time. As Trunk bolted from his vehicle and tried to run to the bridge railing, he was tackled by the OSP Trooper. Two additional officers were required to restrain and cuff Trunk as he continued to fight.
Newport Police were assisted on scene by the Oregon State Police, and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
Trunk was arrested by Newport Police for Reckless Driving, and Attempt to Elude. He was lodged in the Lincoln County Jail with bail set at $30,000. A mental health evaluation was arranged.