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High speed chase through Yachats – down into Lane County

Fleeing fugitive ran this red car off 101 nearly causing a head-on.

Fleeing fugitive ran this red car off 101 nearly causing a head-on.
Ken Gagne photo

12:25pm
A high speed chase that wound its way through Yachats and then south of Perpetua, ended at 12:45pm when the fleeing vehicle started running other drivers off the road, endangering lives south of Perpetua.

The pursuing Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy followed the vehicle from Yachats at speeds up to 60+ miles an hour. The driver of the vehicle tossed two hand-type bags from his vehicle – one near Yachats, the other south of Yachats.

The pursuit was called off the instant the fleeing vechicle ran an oncoming red Ford Taurus off the road and into a ditch. At that point the deputy stopped the pursuit to aid emergency aid to those in the Taurus.

Description of the man fleeing is that he’s in his 40s and is driving a grayish black Mercury Mountaineer. The chase began at an accident scene at 101 and Sunset (see below). The suspect was not involved in the crash – he just blew through the traffic control flaggers heading south, nearly hitting one of the flaggers in the process.

3:38pm
Lane County Sheriff’s Office has a vehicle matching the description stopped.

3:51pm
Suspect placed in custody by Lane County deputy. Lincoln County deputy picking the driver up from Lane Co. sheriff’s deputy at county lines.

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