Suspects Arrested in Josephine County After Ramming Police Cruiser

Two convicted felons tried to push a police cruiser out of the way when deputies attempted to pull them over, according to the Josephine County Sheriff's Office.

Posted: Oct. 23, 2018 12:25 PM
Updated: Oct. 23, 2018 4:47 PM

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — Two men were taken into custody after they rammed into a police cruiser during a traffic stop in Illinois Valley on Monday, according to the Josephine County Sheriff's Office (JCSO).

Deputies were patrolling the Illinois Valley around 1:30 p.m. when they tried to pull over a maroon 2-door coup driven by 35-year-old Matthew Gordon at the intersection of Caves Highway and Caves Avenue.

"Patrol units initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle with overhead lights," JCSO said in a statement.

While one deputy positioned his cruiser near the driver-side door of Gordon's vehicle, another put his cruiser in front of the vehicle to prevent his escape. Instead of stopping, JCSO said that Gordon accelerated his vehicle forward into one of the patrol units — causing "minor damage."

At this, the deputies approached Gordon and 49-year-old passenger William Franz with guns drawn, taking them into custody. According to JCSO, the deputies found a stolen handgun holstered in the small of Franz's back.

No one was injured in the incident. Gordon was charged for multiple outstanding warrants — Failure to Appear on Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon — plus new charges for Felony Attempt to Elude, Criminal Mischief and Escape for a previous case. Franz was charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Possession of a Stolen Firearm.

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