GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- The Grant Pass Department of Public Safety says a K-9 unit helped them arrest a suspicious person early Sunday morning.
Just before 1:00 a.m. GPDPS officers say they were alerted to a suspect caught on camera checking the door handles of cars near the intersection of North East A Street and North East Elida. When police started searching for the suspect, they saw a gold Toyota Highlander leaving the area and officers recognized the driver as the man from the surveillance video.
Police tried to stop the car, but it sped off into the parking lot of Elmer's Restaurant. Officers then tried to contain the car, and the suspect ran out of the car. When the suspect got out of the car, the car kept moving and officers had to use a patrol car to block it from hitting nearby vehicles. Extensive damage was done to the patrol car.
The Toyota Highlander that the suspect was driving was determined to be stolen out of Douglas County, with stolen plates as well.
The suspect was last seen crossing the Grants Pass Parkway, and officers established a perimeter and called in a K-9 unit to help. During the search K-9 Maro located the suspect hiding in a marsh over an embankment.
Jacob Ellis was found with several hundred dollars in fake currency. Ellis is now facing Unauthorized Entry into a Motor Vehicle (Attempted), Douglas County Warrant- Attempt to Commit Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Attempt to Elude Police (Felony), Attempt to Elude Police (Misdemeanor), Recklessly Endangering Another, Reckless Driving, Criminal Mischief 2, and Driving While Suspended- Misdemeanor. Ellis is being held in the Josephine County Jail.
Anyone with information in the case or additional video of the suspect is asked to call the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety at (541) 450-6260 regarding case 20-19839.