FLORENCE, Ore. --- Oregon State Police are asking for information after the driver of an allegedly stolen vehicle was reported to have hit dozens of vehicles while driving recklessly through Coos, Douglas and Lane Counties.
OSP arrested Kevin Simpson, 47, of Eureka California after he reportedly hit several cars on Highwayy 101 Saturday morning. Simpson stated that he believed he had hit 26 different vehicles.
OSP got a report of a reckless driver and hit and run crash on Highway 101 milepost 233 just north of North Bend at around 10:37 a.m.
The person who reported it said they were stopped at a traffic signal at East Bay Dr. and Hwy 101 when they were hit from behind. They claim the suspect then accelerated attempting to push the vehicle into the intersection.
Officials said none of the occupants were injured and Simpson continued northbound on Hwy 101 driving recklessly.
They told KEZI 9 News he was driving a green older Dodge 1500 pickup with a green canopy bearing CA license plate.
OSP was notified by the Coos Bay Police Department that they were investigating the same Dodge pickup for hitting several vehicles while traveling north on Hwy 101 through the city of Coos Bay.
OSP received another report of the Dodge at the trailhead to Siltcoos Lake, near the city of Florence. They said the vehicle had intentionally hit several more vehicles and was driving recklessly.
One of the people in a car that was allegedly hit by Simpson was injured and transported to a Florence hospital.
Oregon State Police Troopers found Simpson on Hwy 101 near milepost 196. He was lodged at the Lane County Jail for failure to perform the duties of a driver (hit and run), reckless endangerment, reckless driving, and criminal mischief.
The Dodge was located nearby and had crashed through a gate leading to private property and was stuck in the sand. The Dodge was reported stolen out of Eureka, California.
Oregon State Police is requesting information from witnesses to the reckless driving and crashes or victims of crashes to contact the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center at 541-269-5000 or OSP and leave information for Trooper Douglas Laird.