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Hornbrook man arrested after attempted stabbing and wild chase through Ashland

A Siskiyou County man named Thomas Ackley faces a laundry list of charges from Ashland Police after a string of dangerous incidents that began Tuesday night.

Posted: Sep 8, 2021 4:18 PM

ASHLAND, Ore. — The Ashland Police Department says that a Hornbrook, California man is in jail after a series of erratic incidents that started in Ashland on Tuesday.

Around 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Ashland Police said that a man later identified as 34-year-old Thomas Lee Ackley of Hornbrook approached another man in the parking lot of Safeway. Without warning, the agency said, Ackley attempted to stab the man with a knife, though he missed.

Ackley reportedly fled the scene in a vehicle as APD officers responded. The officers caught up with him a short time later, but Ackley allegedly fled to I-5 southbound Exit 11, where he then tried to drive northbound against the flow of traffic.

"Realizing the extreme danger this would pose to other drivers an Ashland police officer used his patrol car to ram the suspect vehicle, not allowing it to continue northbound," Ashland Police said in a statement. "The suspect vehicle exited the freeway via an adjacent nearby country road and officers could not locate it further."

According to the agency, Ackley was not finished with the spree. While officers were looking for his vehicle, Ackley allegedly went onto nearby private property and stole a pickup truck. As he stole the truck, Ackley also tried to run over the vehicle's owner, Ashland Police said.

Around 7 a.m. on Wednesday, deputies with the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office arrested Ackley in California. He currently remains in the Siskiyou County Jail pending charges there and awaiting extradition to Oregon.

In Jackson County, Ackley faces two counts of Robbery in the First Degree, Attempted Assault in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, two counts of Menacing, two counts of Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle, Attempt to Elude on Foot, Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, three counts of Reckless Endangering, two counts of Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, Reckless Driving, and Theft in the First Degree.

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