Fleeing suspect crashes into Wing Ming

A Lebanon man with multiple warrants crashed into a restaurant while fleeing from police.

According to a press release from Lebanon Police Department, police attempted to contact Robert Edwin Hoskinson, 30, at about 1:56 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21, while he was inside a parked pickup truck in front of 1170 S. Main St.

He attempted to flee by backing the pickup and accelerating forward. He crashed into a vehicle and into the wall of Wing Ming Restaurant, causing extensive damage to the business. Hoskinson then backed the vehicle up and crashed into the front of a second parked vehicle. He drove the pickup through the parking lot and crashed directly into an occupied police patrol vehicle.

Police ordered Hoskinson out of his vehicle and took him into custody. The police vehicle was deemed a total loss and the officer inside the car received injuries that did not require medical attention.

Hoskinson was arrested on multiple warrants and transported to Linn County Jail. LPD stated he has an extensive history with the LPD, including arrests for property crimes and warrants, and a warrant for charges of first-degree forgery.

He was charged on Nov. 22 with reckless driving, two counts of recklessly endangering another person, four counts of second-degree criminal mischief, resisting arrest, felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of cocaine, attempted unlawful delivery of cocaine, and attempted unlawful delivery of methamphetamine. Bail was set at $30,000.