Man Leads Newport Police On Chase, Ends In Crash
A man led Newport police on a chase that finally ended in someone’s front yard. Officers spotted a man who matched the description of a burglary suspect driving a blue Chevy S-10 pickup pulling into the Lowland Credit Union parking lot. The driver of the S-10 was 51 year old Ronald Manna who when he spotted police began to flee, striking three sets of concrete edgings that divided the parking lots of Lowland Credit Union and Newport Utilities. Manna then ran over a fixed sign and bush belonging to Newport Utilities before getting out on Cope Blvd. Manna led police onto Chemwood Drive and onto Industrial Drive where he drove at excessive speeds and nearly hit another vehicle head on. At the intersection with Holt Town Road, Manna made a sharp left turn onto Hill Road. He did not navigate a curve and wound up in the front yard of a residence where he then crashed in a ditch disabling his truck. Manna was removed from the vehicle and taken into custody. He was driving while under the influence and is charged with evading arrest, reckless driving and reckless endangerment among other charges.