Police: Man arrested after nearly causing crash; tells 12-year-old daughter to walk home


    Andrew W. Smith

    COOS BAY, Ore. - A Washington man was arrested Sunday afternoon after two Coos County Sheriff's deputies began pursuit while responding to another call.

    While both patrol vehicles traveled on Highway 42 near Del Mar Lane (near Green Acres), a black Ford Fusion pulled out of Del Mar Lane and entered onto Hwy 42 in front of both deputies and a loaded semi-truck causing all three to take evasive action to avoid a crash, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Dept.

    The driver of the car, 31-year-old Andrew W. Smith, then fled on Highway 42 and turned onto Chehalis Road. Deputies found the driver in the car when he was returning down the hill after running into a dead end.

    Police say Smith fled up Chehalis Road after the near miss on Hwy 42. When Smith got to the dead end of Chehalis Road he told his 12-year-old daughter, who was a passenger in the car, to get out and to walk home.

    After being taken into custody one of the deputies found the girl walking out of the woods. She was later driven by the deputy back to her custodial home in Coos Bay.

    Authorities say Smith's driver license lists Brush Prairie, Washington, as his home address. He was arrested and transported to the Coos County Jail, charged with Driving Under the Influence (Alcohol and Marijuana), Reckless Driving and Reckless Endangerment.

    Additionally, he was cited for Driving While Suspended and for Failure to Provide a Breath Sample.

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