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Pursuit in Klamath County ends in crash at Eternal Hills Cemetery

Deputies chased a suspected car thief from Siskiyou County into Klamath Falls before taking her into custody.

Posted: Aug 12, 2020 10:41 AM
Updated: Aug 12, 2020 10:51 AM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A car chase across state lines ended with a crash at Eternal Hill Cemetery in Klamath Falls during the early hours of Wednesday morning, according to the Klamath County Sheriff's Office.

Shortly after midnight, KCSO deputies responded to a call from the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office as they pursued the driver of a stolen vehicle north into Oregon.

KCSO deputies picked up pursuit of the Toyota 4Runner near the Midland rest area, reaching speeds "in excess of 100 miles per hour." Officers deployed spike strips on Highway 39 at Short Road, successfully disabling the stolen car.

According to the agency, the disabled truck continued rolling into Eternal Hills Cemetery, damaging several grave sites before coming to rest. Officers from Klamath Falls Police took the driver into custody, identified as 31-year-old Sheranda Sheree Cole of Klamath Falls.

Upkeep of Eternal Hills has fallen to a group of local volunteers due to ongoing neglect and dispute over the cemetery's ownership.

Cole was lodged in the Klamath County Jail on charges for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, attempt to elude, reckless driving, and a parole violation.

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