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Keno Man arrested at elementary school after Sheriff's Office says he led them on a chase

Deputies say that they tried to stop him on Highway 66, before he was later arrested outside of Keno Elementary School.

Posted: Feb 10, 2020 4:17 AM
Updated: Feb 10, 2020 2:42 PM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. -- A Keno man is currently in the Klamath County Jail after he narrowly missed crashing into a deputy's patrol car and refused to stop, the Klamath County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies responded to a report of a person driving "erratically" in a tan four-door sedan heading westbound toward Keno just before 3 p.m.

"As 911 was dispatching the traffic complaint over the radio, a deputy was confronted with the 1999 Hyundai as it traveled recklessly into the traffic lane of the deputy's patrol vehicle," the Sheriff's office said. "The deputy was forced to take evasive action to avoid a head-on collision."

Deputies tried to stop the driver on Highway 66, but he continued to speed away. Eventually, he stopped at Keno Elementary School on Keno-Worden Road.

"Keno Elementary School initiated lock-out procedures and within minutes of the vehicle stopping the occupants were detained," the Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies arrested 30-year-old Codee Leon Mitchell at the scene. Mitchell faces eluding, reckless driving charges.

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