FLAT TIRE ENDED HIS ESCAPE
OREGON: Justin Dean Haworth charged with DUI, hit and run of tow truck
NEWPORT, ORE. – According to Newport Police, a man who struck a tow truck and fled was captured due to a flat tire.
Police say that on 05/26/2017, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Newport Police Officers were dispatched to a vehicle hit-and-run on NW Oceanview Dr. Dispatch had been advised that a tow truck from AA Rowley’s Towing had been struck by a vehicle that then fled the scene. Newport Police Officers made contact with the tow truck driver, who described the suspect vehicle as a silver or Grey SUV. The tow truck driver told Officers that, as he was helping a stranded motorist, his truck was hit by the SUV. It appeared the SUV sustained a flat tire from the crash. The tow truck sustained damage from the collision.
A short time later, Newport Police Officers located the suspect vehicle and conducted a traffic stop at the Agate Beach Wayside. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was identified as Justin Dean Haworth, age 36 of South Beach. Officers noted that Haworth’s vehicle had fresh damage to it, and a spare tire was being utilized. The original tire, which was shredded by having been driven on, was located inside Haworth’s vehicle.
Haworth was exhibiting signs of impairment. He consented to Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, which he failed. Haworth refused to provide a breath sample. He was transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital. A search warrant was obtained, and a blood draw conducted.
Haworth was transported to the Lincoln County Jail and lodged on the following charges: Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver; DUII; Reckless Driving; Reckless Endangering; and Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree. Haworth was also issued a citation for Refusal to take a Breath Test. Haworth’s bail was set at $75,000.
Anyone with further information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Sgt. Brad Purdom at 541-574-3348. The Newport Police Tip Line is available at 541-574-5455 or Text-A-Tip at 541-270-1856.