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Man Arrested After Blocking the Highway With His Vehicle and Assaulting Responding Officers - 06/09/22

On Tuesday, June 7, 2022, Lincoln City Police arrested 43-year-old Matthew Ryan Garrett of Waldport, Oregon on multiple charges after he blocked traffic on Hwy 101 with his vehicle and struck a passing vehicle with an object. 

On June 7, 2022 at about 4:30 AM, the Lincoln City Dispatch Center received a report of a vehicle parked in the southbound lane of Hwy 101 near SW 32nd Street without any lights on. The driver was reportedly standing outside his vehicle and appeared to be agitated. Additional reports indicated the man was trying to hit vehicles with an object as they tried to drive around him, and had actually struck a vehicle with the object. 

When officers arrived, they contacted the man who became very confrontational and aggressive towards them. As officers attempted to arrest the man, later identified as Matthew Ryan Garrett, he began fighting with them and resisting arrest. Officers attempted to use Tasers on Garrett to get him into custody, but the Taser deployments were unsuccessful. Further attempts to de-escalate the situation failed and once additional officers arrived, a less-lethal round was deployed, which had limited effect on Garrett; however, multiple officers were able to wrestle Garrett to the ground and get him into custody. After being taken into custody, Garrett was transported to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital by Pacific West Ambulance for treatment of minor injuries. Garrett was later transported to the Lincoln County Jail and lodged of charges including:  Criminal Mischief II, Disorderly Conduct II, Resisting Arrest, Assaulting a Public Safety Officer and Menacing. 

One LCPD officer went to North Lincoln Hospital for medical evaluation of his injury and was later released. A second officer’s injury was minor and he will seek other medical evaluation. The extent and status of their injuries are undetermined at this time.   

Submitted by:  Lieutenant Jeffrey Winn

Officer Villafane and K9 Nato
Officer Villafane and K9 Nato
New K-9 Officer on Patrol in Lincoln City (Photo) - 06/02/22

The Lincoln City Police Department is pleased to introduce the newest handler in our department’s K-9 unit—Officer Jarett Villafane, who is the new partner of K9 Nato.

Officer Villafane, who joined LCPD as a lateral hire in 2020, was selected to be K9 Nato’s handler after completing a thorough selection process. Officer Villafane and K9 Nato were immediately sent to an in-state, six-week long K-9 team certification training course, which is required before the K-9 team can start their patrol duties together. Officer Villafane and K9 Nato have successfully completed that certification course, and are now patrolling the city together. 

K9 Nato and Officer Villafane join K9 Nix and Officer Cody Snidow to make up the two Lincoln City K-9 teams, both of which are patrol K-9s specially trained in tracking and apprehension. However, these K-9s are not only used to track and apprehend criminal suspects, but can also be used to track and find missing persons as well. 

The members of the Lincoln City Police Department are grateful for the overwhelming support we receive from our community and its citizens, and from our City Council members and City Administration who make it possible for LCPD to employ resources, such as our K-9 teams, to better serve our community.

Attached Media Files: Officer Villafane and K9 Nato