Driver Arrested South Of Newport For DUII Following Driving Complaint

Updated: Nov 7, 2019


On November 1st just after 1 PM, the Oregon State Police responded to a driving complaint at the Brian Booth State Wayside. A witness had flagged down a Pacific West Ambulance after following a possible intoxicated driver southbound on US Highway 101 from Newport. The driver of a blue 1994 Chevrolet pick-up, identified as 54-year old James Todd Brewer was having difficulty maintaining the vehicle in its lane and was driving at erratic speeds.


The pick-up pulled over to the shoulder at Brian Booth State Wayside and drove into the grass. The truck was stuck on a boulder and the driver was attempting to drive away, when the witness made contact and prevented him from driving further. The driver showed signs of impairment but was transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital via ambulance.


An intoxicated female passenger was riding in the bed of the pick-up with her dog, but left on foot once a Lincoln County Deputy arrived at the scene. She was later located and interviewed. The driver was later contacted at the hospital and showed signs of impairment and admitted to drinking wine earlier in the morning. Brewer was arrested for DUII, Reckless Endangering, and Failure to Report as a Sex Offender while at the hospital he consented to and provided a blood sample.

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