Erratic DrivingA 17-year-old boy and his four teenage passengers, all Seaside residents, were detained on various charges today, stemming from a traffic stop shortly after midnight. According to Seaside police, two officers spotted the boy driving erratically on South Roosevelt Drive, then saw him roll through a stop sign and drive over a curb. When officers attempted to stop him, he sped off, with police in pursuit. He made several turns and ran four stop signs before driving down Third Avenue, which is a dead end street, and coming to a stop.
With assistance from the Cannon Beach Police Department and the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, all five of the vehicle's occupants were detained. The driver was charged with minor in possession of alcohol by consumption, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and several traffic violations, including driving without a license. The passengers, a girl and three boys, all 15-years old, were also cited for minor in possession. Four of the teenagers were released to their guardians. The fifth was transported to the Oregon Youth Authority facility in Warrenton.
Traffic accident Five people were injured at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday when the driver of a pickup truck lost control after hitting a large puddle on U.S. Highway 101 in Surf Pines and crashed head-on into another pickup truck. High water signs had been posted, warning of the problem. Oregon State Police said Jamie Lee McPhie, 22, of Warrenton was driving south when she hit the puddle, which completely covered her lane. Her pickup truck slid across the highway and struck an oncoming SUV driven by Lisa Louise Smidt, 41, of Rockaway Beach. Smidt and her passenger, Robin L. Creekmore, 65, of Rockaway Beach, were taken to Providence Seaside Hospital by Medix ambulance. McPhie and her passengers, Shawn Ballard, 28, and Michelle Marie Nicolazzi, 17, both of Seaside, were taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital. OSP said none of the injuries appeared to be serious.
Burglary At 10:04 a.m. Wednesday, Warrenton police began investigating an incident in the 200 block of Southwest Alder Court as first-degree burglary.
Fire call At 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, the Warrenton Fire Department responded to Rite Aid Pharmacy in Youngs Bay Plaza to a report of smoke and an electrical smell in a bathroom. Fire Chief Ted Ames said an electric heater had overheated. Fire personnel disconnected the heater.