NEWPORT– A chase originating near Agate Beach on July 8, ended in Newport after the suspect hit a vehicle, sending the other driver to the hospital.
James Nottingham, 47, of Banning, Calif., was chased by Oregon State Police, Newport Police and Lincoln County Sheriff’s units as he made his way down Highway 101 to Newport.
The vehicle pursuit was dangerous according to law enforcement, as Nottingham neglected to yield to vehicles and pedestrians amid the blazing lights and sirens. Nottingham left Highway 101 at NE 5th Street, blowing through several stop signs on NE Benton Street, and crashing into a vehicle at the intersection of NE 11th Street, causing damage to the car he was driving and sending the other driver to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital.
Nottingham pulled over after the crash, was taken into custody and lodged in the Lincoln County Jail, where he faces charges of felony unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, felony hit-and-run, felony criminal mischief, felony eluding and reckless endangering. His bail is set at $50,000.
The Newport Police Department wants to remind citizens to continue to report suspicious activities. The Newport Police Tip Line is available at 541-574-5455, or Text-a-Tip at 541-270-1856 or [email protected]. If you have any information regarding this case, contact Sergeant Leake of the Newport Police Department at 541-574-3348.