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Wanted high speed chase fugitive arrested by Newport Police

James Kelly Fugitive arrested by Newport Police morning after high speed chase.

James Kelly
Fugitive arrested by Newport Police morning after high speed chase.

A man that led Toledo Police and other agencies on a high speed chase Sunday evening, and then got away from them up Steensen Road in Newport, is currently lodged in the Lincoln County Jail. Newport Police bagged him this morning. Police were able to locate James Kelly on a telephone tip.

The caper began Sunday evening in Toledo when a police officer had James Kelly stopped for several traffic violations. Toledo Chief David Enyeart said Kelly gave the officer a false name. The officer was wise to Kelly because the officer recognized him from an earlier case. As the officer tried to arrest Kelly, Kelly gunned his motor and took off. The officer took off after him.

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The chase extended along Highway 20 toward Newport, reaching speeds of 95 mph. Kelly turned off 20, and headed down a twisty road to the Bay Road, then back up to 20 and then up Yaquina Height’s Drive. A pursuing officer, with several others close behind, followed Kelly up Steensen which dead ends about a half a mile up. The officer found the car abandoned with no sign of Kelly. A number of officers searched the area but didn’t find him.

The car turned out to be stolen.

Then word came this morning that Kelly had been apprehended by Newport Police. Kelly has a criminal record and in fact had several warrants out for his arrest at the time of the Toledo traffic stop.

Kelly is being held on a no bail hold at the Lincoln County Jail.

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