On 01/12/19, at approximately 01:30 a.m., Newport Police Officers attempted a traffic stop of a 2001 Honda Civic in the Walmart parking lot for Traffic Violations. Upon initiating the traffic stop, Officers learned that the vehicle was reported as stolen out of Vancouver, Washington. The vehicle slowly came to a stop in the parking lot, then sped away from Officers. The vehicle traveled westbound on NW 25th St to NW Oceanview then turned southbound as the pursuit continued with speeds reaching 60 mph.
Other responding Officers were able to set up spike strips near the intersection of NW Spring St and NW 10th St. The suspect vehicle hit the spike strips which deflated both passenger side tires. The pursuit continued through the Nye Beach area and then onto Hwy 101. The suspect vehicle left Hwy 101 just north of the Yaquina Bay Bridge and led Officers through Yaquina Bay State Park and finally came to a stop on the North side of the State Park, initiating a high risk traffic stop by Officers.
The driver of the suspect vehicle was taken into custody without further incident and identified as Ruben Mosqueda age 24 from Lincoln City. Further investigation revealed that Mosqueda had an active Probation Violation Warrant for his arrest out of Hood River County.
Mosqueda was taken into custody and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on the following charges: Attempt to Elude Police (Felony) Reckless Driving Possession of a Stolen Vehicle Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle Warrant for Probation Violation Mosqueda’s bail was set at $165,000. Newport Police Officers were assisted during this incident by Deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriffs Office.
Information and photo provided by NPD