A police chase ended in the 4900 block of South Coast Highway in South Beach Thursday night and they say they’re still looking for the driver, who they later learned probably stole the pickup.
It started when an officer was headed southbound on 101 through South Beach, when he noticed a gray pickup ahead of him with a burned out tail light. The officer hit his overhead lights to pull the truck over. But instead of yielding, the driver sped off and then made a hard right hand turn in between a row of industrial buildings in the 4900 block of South Coast Highway. The officer said the truck sped quickly to the end of the dead-end driveway. By the time the officer pulled up behind it, he saw that the pickup had been driven into the brush and that the driver’s side door was wide open with no sign of the driver. He apparently took off into the brush. The officer found a Dahl’s Disposal route book in the vehicle with the name of the Dahl’s worker written in it.
Officers called Dahl’s emergency number and had them check with the name of the driver that had signed a route book that was found in the car. It was confirmed that the person in question was home in Toledo and that he hadn’t gone out at all, certainly not at 11pm at night.
The plot thickened when a Dahl official went over to their equipment yard and found the front gate blown open. They figured someone had stolen the pickup and at high speed drove through the gate.
Meanwhile, offices alerted the South Beach Campground manager that somebody might show up on one of their streets extremely wet and muddy, since the driver would have had to slog through a wetlands to get there. Officers and State Park employees kept an eye out for anyone on the beach or anyone suspicious.
Anybody who might have an idea who the driver was should call Newport Police at 541-574-3348.