Josephine County Sheriff's Office looking for hit-and-run suspects

Josephine County Sheriff's Office says the driver of a vehicle hit a patrol car and deputy.

Posted: Aug 29, 2019 12:41 PM
Updated: Aug 29, 2019 3:38 PM

WOLF CREEK, Ore. -- The Josephine County Sheriff's Office is looking for two hit-and-run suspects who they say rammed a deputy's car.

The Sheriff's Office says the deputy initiated a pursuit on Leland Road outside of Wolf Creek. A traffic stop was initiated on a black Ford Explorer for reckless driving, but the driver decided to flee after lights and sirens were activated.

The pursuit continued on rural gravel roads into the Sunny Valley community on King Mountain Trail.

A deputy was setting up spike strips when the vehicle approached him at high speeds. The deputy tried to avoid the collision, but was caught halfway out of the patrol vehicle's driver's side door.

The Sheriff's Office says the suspect rammed the patrol vehicle, hitting the driver's side door, rear door, and rear quarter panel. The deputy was pinned between the door and his torso bent the top of the door out due to the force of impact.

After that, the suspect's vehicle broke down, and the male driver and female passenger left the scene on foot.

The deputy tried to chase the suspect, but stopped to check his injuries. He was later transported to Three Rivers Medical Center, but was released after being treated.

At this time both subjects are still at large. If anyone has information regarding this incident the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office asks that you contact us at 541-474-5123.

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