Sheriff: Would-be hitchhiker causes chaos on coastal highway

CHARLESTON, Ore. - One motorist tried to run him over. Others stopped.

And when he tried to force his way into a car occupied by a woman and children, a passerby pulled a gun on him.

The sheriff said the chaos Sunday night on Cape Arago Highway was caused by a transient trying to catch a ride.

Deputies arrested 47-year-old Glen W. Sears on charges of disorderly conduct, attempted unlawful use of a motor vehicle and attempted unlawful entry into a motor vehicle.

Deputies got the call just before 11 p.m. that a man was jumping out into traffic and attempting to get inside cars when the drivers stopped to avoid hitting him.

Deputies found Sears standing in the middle of the highway and took him into custody.

Sears had forced at least 4 cars to stop, deputies said. In one of the cases, Sears ordered the motorist out of the car in what witnesses described as an attempted carjacking, according to the sheriff's office.

Witnesses reported that one of the drivers, after stopping for Sears and refusing to let him into the car, had then driven around in circles attempting to run Sears over.

A passing driver stopped and held Sears at gunpoint after seeing him try to force his way into a woman's car.

No one reported any injuries.

Sears is being held on $30,000 bail.

Deputies are asking that anyone who was involved or witnessed this incident to please contact the Coos County Sheriff's Office at (541) 396-2106.