BIG SPRINGS, Ore. — A Klamath Falls man is in jail on Wednesday after he allegedly led officers on a high-speed pursuit in a stolen car in rural Siskiyou County.
Shortly before 2 a.m. on Wednesday morning, California Highway Patrol officers patrolling County Road A-12 near Big Springs tried to pull over the driver of a gray Honda Civic. The agency said that the driver was weaving over solid double-yellow lines.
Though the driver initially pulled over, CHP said that he then sped away — reaching speeds above 100 miles per-hour.
The suspect drove onto Montague Grenada Road, headed north, before turning again onto De Soza Lane. CHP said that he turned onto a private driveway and smashed through a barbed wire fence. Both the driver and a passenger ran from the car and tried to hide from officers in the darkness.
CHP called in assistance from Siskiyou County Sheriff's deputies and a CHP helicopter, the latter using infrared equipment to locate the two suspects. By 3:50 a.m., both people were located by the helicopter crew and taken into custody by officers on the ground.
The driver was identified as 29-year-old Kyle Mahan and the passenger as 26-year-old Alisha Maheu-Cassell, both of Klamath Falls.
"During the subsequent investigation, it was discovered the plates on the Honda did not match the vehicle and later determined it had been stolen the day prior from Dorris, California," CHP said.
CHP said that officers are still investigating to determine the most appropriate charges for the Siskiyou County District Attorney's office.
"The Yreka CHP would like to remind everyone to take precautions in keeping your personal property safe by locking your vehicle and securing your keys in a safe place," the agency said.