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Stolen-car suspect pursued, rams deputy's car, flees on foot; tips sought


News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: July 29, 2012, 11:31 a.m.

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Photo: Stolen vehicle

Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #12-22561

Just after 6:34 a.m. on Sunday, July 29, 2012, on Hwy 213 near S. Eldorado Road, a Clackamas County Sheriffs Office deputy on his way to work saw a Kia Sorrento driving erratically.

The deputy tried to stop the car to investigate.

The suspect driver immediately drove off -- and the deputy followed.

The suspect drove down several roads in the Mulino area in an attempt to lose the deputy.

At one point, the suspect driver slowed down as if to stop and then put the car in reverse -- reportedly attempting to ram the deputy's car.

The deputy saw the attempt and was able to minimize the damage to his car through quick thinking and an evasive maneuver.

The pursuit continued until about 6:47 a.m., when the suspect crashed his car down a 30- to 40-foot embankment in the 25000 block of S. Pike Road and fled on foot.

A Clackamas County Sheriff's Office K9 deputy and handler were called to the scene, but they were unsuccessful in their attempt to locate the suspect(s). Molalla Police Department officers and an Oregon State Police trooper also assisted in the search.

The deputies were able to determine the Kia Sorrento was reported stolen out of Salem on Friday, July 27, 2012. The car reportedly had license plates that were stolen off of another Kia Sorrento in Salem. The car had evidence inside that suggested the occupant(s) had been committing burglaries. The car is being seized as evidence and will be processed at our CSI facility.

The only description we have of the suspect is an adult male with a stocky build. Evidence suggests there was a passenger in the car as well. The suspect(s) are being sought for questioning related to the Attempt to Elude-Felony, Attempted Assault on a Police Officer-Felony, and Burglary I.

There were no reported injuries or property damage aside from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office car.


The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is seeking tips and information regarding this crime.

Anyone with information concerning this crime is encouraged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line -- by telephone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online e-mail form. Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #12-22561.

The public can also submit crime-tip text messages to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office from a cell phone. All users have to do is send a text message to CRIMES (274637 on your phone keypad) -- with the keyword CCSO as the first word in the message body.

Important reminder: Please do not send emergency messages using the text-messaging system -- in case of an emergency, call 911.

Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #12-22561.


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Contact Info:
Adam Phillips, Sergeant
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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