GRANTS PASS, Ore. — More than 1,100 homes in Grants Pass were without power Saturday night after a car crash. Pacific Power restored power for residents in the area of Northwest Highland and Carol Drive after nearly five hours.
The car crash stemmed from a domestic disturbance, which started in the area of Gilbert Creek Park and went mobile. Grants Pass Department of Public Safety says Brandy Thomas began chasing her husband who had just taken custody of their three young children. The husband attempted to leave the area with the children in his vehicle, and Thomas pursued them.
Multiple times during the chase, police say Thomas rammed her vehicle into her husband’s, with the intent of crashing his car and taking her children back. The chase took both vehicles through multiple public roadways in northwest area of Grants Pass, which police say put the public at risk.
The chase ended when Thomas attempted again to ram her husband off the road, but missed the husband’s vehicle, and then swerved violently off the roadway, where she crashed into a power pole. The crash sheered the power pole at the base and broke the pole in two other places causing the power pole and power lines to fall into NW Highland Ave. After the crash, police say the husband attempted to escape the suspect and crashed into the median at NW Highland and NW Morgan Lane.
Police say no one was seriously injured. The children were properly secured in child safety seats. The suspect did receive minor injuries and was treated on scene. The crash blocked Highland Avenue for two hours and was the cause of the wide spread power outage in the northwest part of town.
Brandy Thomas was arrested and lodged in the Josephine County Jail on charges of Attempted Assault, Reckless Endangering, Menacing, Reckless Driving and Criminal Mischief.