Fire rescue and law enforcement are coping with what’s believed to be a car deliberately set ablaze at the Ridge Apartments on SE Harbor Drive in Lincoln City. Reports say law enforcement is searching for the arsonist.
A short time later a high speed chase broke out on Highway 18 with the eventual apprehension of Anthony Stanton. Stanton was arrested and booked into the Lincoln County Jail on charge of Arson, Criminal Mischief, Attempting to Elude Police, Reckless Driving, Drunk Driving and Contempt of Court. His bail is set at $205,000.
Here’s the full detailed news release from Lincoln City Police Sunday morning:
On Sunday 06-16-13 at approximately 0050 hours, the Lincoln City Police Department responded to the Ridge Apartments, located at 3425 SE Harbor Drive in Lincoln City, on a reported vehicle fire. Information was obtained that the vehicle fire was possibly intentionally set and a suspect, Anthony Richard Stanton, 28, was named. Stanton is the estranged husband of the victim.
As Lincoln City Police Officers were responding, Lincoln City Police Officer Torin Liden spotted Stanton’s vehicle, a white 2007 Ford F150 pickup, traveling northbound on Highway 101 near SE 23rd street, heading away from the location of the vehicle fire. Officer Liden attempted a traffic stop but Stanton accelerated and a pursuit was initiated. Stanton continued to travel northbound on Highway 101, eventually heading east on Highway 18, where Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to deploy spike strips to disable Stanton’s vehicle. The spike strips were unsuccessful.
Polk County Deputies were advised of the pursuit and they deployed spike strips in Grand Ronde, near the Spirit Mountain Casino. One set of spike strips was successfully deployed and the passenger side tires were hit, but Stanton continued eastbound on the flat tires. At approximately Fort Hill Restaurant, also in Polk County, Polk County Deputies were able to set up another set of spike strips and this time the driver’s side tires were hit. Stanton continued driving for another ½ mile before stopping and being taken into custody.
The Lincoln City Police were assisted by the Lincoln County Sheriffs Office, Oregon State Police, Polk County Sheriffs Office and North Lincoln Fire and Rescue.
Stanton was transported back to Lincoln County and lodged in the Lincoln County Jail on charges of Arson II, Criminal Mischief I, Attempt to Elude Police-Vehicle, Contempt of Court, Reckless Driving and DUII. His bail was set at $205,000.