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Naked man tased, arrested in Douglas County following 'motorhome mayhem'

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office said that 39-year-old Frank James hit multiple other drivers before slamming into a travel trailer and stripping naked.

Posted: Jan 11, 2021 4:06 PM
Updated: Jan 11, 2021 4:14 PM

YONCALLA, Ore. — The Douglas County Sheriff's Office says that it arrested a man on Friday after he went on a puzzling rampage behind the wheel of a motorhome, ending with a naked confrontation with deputies.

The suspect has been identified as 39-year-old Frank John James, though his city of residence is unknown. While its unclear where the incident began, James allegedly struck multiple vehicles on I-5 while driving a motorhome south from Cottage Grove in Lane County, according to DCSO.

Troopers from Oregon State Police began responding to search for the motorhome, but events unfolded quickly from there. After exiting the freeway near Yoncalla, James allegedly smashed head-on into an ODOT truck before driving away from the scene.

James then drove the motorhome into the Eagle Valley RV Park south of Yoncalla and crashed into a travel trailer — attempting to hit a pedestrian in the process, according to DCSO — then began confronting other drivers and bystanders. This was shortly before 11 a.m. on Friday.

"At one point [James] attempted to open the door to another trailer in the park and stole a cell phone from a bystander with force," DCSO said.

Callers said that James stripped himself naked, and started hitting the windshield of a nearby vehicle.

Minutes later, a deputy arrived at the scene and tried to de-escalate the situation, but James "was acting erratically." Eventually, the deputy hit James with a TASER and was able to take him into custody.

Deputies later found that a woman, described as James' girlfriend, had been a passenger in the RV during the rampage. She reported having asked James to stop and let her out, but he'd refused.

"Deputies discovered James had caused significant damage to the travel trailer, which was occupied at the time of the collision, although the occupants were not injured," DCSO said. "Additional damage occurred to the park's waterline and another vehicle."

James faces a dizzying array of charges between separate DCSO and OSP investigations, including multiple charges for attempted assault, criminal mischief, reckless endangering, and possession of methamphetamine.

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