Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a possible DUII driver traveling northbound on Highway 101 in South Beach. The reporting motorist reported that a white Chevrolet truck was driving at varying speeds and crossing over both the center line and the fog line.
Deputies caught up the vehicle traveling northbound on highway 101 near SE 50th Street. A second motorist was following the vehicle with his hazards on as he was calling 911.
Deputies stopped the vehicle on Highway 101 near SE 32nd Street. Deputies found the driver, Rigoberto Martin Lopez, 20, of Waldport to be obviously intoxicated. They also observed open beer bottles, spilled beer and bottle caps scattered around inside the truck. Martin Lopez told deputies he did not have a driver license or any other form of identification.
Deputies took Martin Lopez into custody for DUII, Reckless driving, and Failure to carry and present an operator’s license. Martin Lopez submitted to a breath test which measured his BAC at .23% which is nearly three times the level of being presumed drunk behind the wheel. He was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail with a no bail hold since he is being referred to immigration authorities.
Although we don’t have the names of the two motorists who alerted authorities and stuck with the suspect car until the deputies could get there, they know who they are and we’d like to thank them for showing some initiative in helping our law enforcement keep our roads and highways as safe as they can be – especially during the “holiday” time of the year.