June 5, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
The driver sought since a May 30 injury traffic crash east of Coos Bay was arrested Tuesday after he turned himself in to Oregon State Police (OSP) at the Coos Bay Area Command office. The suspect came to the OSP office after friends pressured him to contact OSP following news reports that he was sought related to the Thursday night crash off Highway 241 east of Coos Bay. His name and photograph were previously released to assist the public in helping police locate him.
On June 4, 2013 at approximately 4:00 p.m., KEITH LEWIS SMITH, age 32, from Allegany, came to the OSP office and contacted the lead investigator, Senior Trooper Freddie Dunlap. Following an interview, SMITH was taken into custody and lodged in the Coos County Jail for Misdemeanor Driving While Suspended, Reckless Driving, Hit and Run - Property Damage, and Criminal Mischief in the First Degree. He was also cited for two traffic violations.
On May 30, 2013 at approximately 8:29 p.m., a 2003 Chevrolet Blazer sport utility vehicle driven by SMITH was northbound on Highway 241 near milepost 18 when it traveled off the highway, sideswiped a tree, and when down an embankment where it overturned. The vehicle caught fire and was later put out by firefighters.
SMITH, who was known to be injured, got out of the vehicle on his own power and left the scene before police and fire personnel arrived.
OSP thanks the media and public for their help in this investigation.