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ATV chase leads to Otis man’s arrest

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Lincoln County Sheriff Deputy Derick Smith sat in his cruiser on Forest Service Road 1726 near Otis, around 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, when he heard what sounded like an ATV nearby.

Deputy Smith investigated the sound and found a man riding south on North Bear Creek Road who wasn’t wearing a helmet and was driving in the oncoming lane. Smith tried to stop the man on the ATV using lights and siren, but the ATV operator sped off and a chase through local streets ensued. Side streets turned into a narrow dirt path and Deputy Smith was forced to give up the chase for safety reasons.

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Deputy Derick Smith

With the help of Lincoln City Police and members of the community, an investigation revealed the suspect was inside a nearby residence.

Michael Young Jr. was arrested for fleeing from police, driving while suspended, criminal trespass and reckless driving. Young’s bail was set at $95,000. Due to current COVID-19 policy, Young was released and scheduled to appear at a later date.

Justin Werner
Justin Werner
Justin is publisher of Lincoln City Homepage and an investigative journalist who finds facts. He's on a mission to seek out truth and isn't afraid to be the tip of the spear for freedom of the press.


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