COQUILLE — A Coquille man received lengthy prison sentences last week in Coos County Circuit Court for multiple crimes including a claw hammer attack on a man at a Coquille bar in January and on drunken driving, reckless endangerment of another person, assault and weapons charges stemming from a Dec. 6, 2017 DUII wreck.
Richard Dockery, 46, of Coquille will serve a combined 325 months in prison for all of the charges, including first degree assault for the bar attack, weapons charges for assault with an unlawful weapon, DUII, assault and reckless endangerment charges.
In the bar attack, the victim, identified as Dan Navarro, 33, was attacked for an unknown reason. Frasier said the man was sitting at the bar when Dockery walked into the Four Seasons Bar and Grill, pointed at the victim and struck him in the head with the hammer.
Three patrons inside the bar stopped the attack and Dockery was reported to have fled northbound on West Central Boulevard.
"The patrons talked him down and the suspect fled," Frasier said.
Witnesses at the scene said Dockery entered the bar armed with the hammer and a small pry bar. Dockery approached Navarro and struck him in the head.
Dockery immediately fled the scene and police started a manhunt to find him. He was found the next morning hiding at his Coquille residence.
In the DUII and assault case, deputies on the morning of Dec. 6, 2017, were dispatched to a report of a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Fishtrap Road and Arago Fishtrap Road. When the deputy arrived he found a female driver of a Chevrolet pickup with injuries. The truck had substantial front-end damage. The second vehicle was a Chevy Tahoe which had significant damage to the passenger side. The adult male driver and an injured male juvenile had allegedly left the scene in another vehicle. Two weapons, brass knuckles and a stiletto knife, were located inside of the Chevy Tahoe.
The female driver was transported to Coquille Valley Hospital with minor injuries. The male driver who left the scene was located when he took the injured male juvenile passenger for treatment at Coquille Valley Hospital.
The investigation indicated the driver, Dockery, was driving under the influence of intoxicants at the time of the crash. After leaving the scene of the crash he stopped to purchase additional alcoholic beverages at a local liquor store before going to a local hospital to get treatment for the injured 7-year-old passenger.
The passenger was admitted to the Coquille Valley Hospital then later flown by helicopter to River Bend Hospital in Eugene for treatment of serious injuries received during the crash.
Frasier said Dockery had previous convictions for assault.