Police chase ends when suspects crash SUV

Police chase ends when suspects crash SUV

NEWPORT, Ore. - A driver in a Jeep sped away from police Wednesday, forcing another car off the road and swerving around spike strips before crashing into a guardrail, the Newport Police Department said.

The occupants of the Jeep then fled on foot into the woods.

Police took Jared Lawrence Dunmire, 25, of Newport into custody near the scene of the crash. He tried to fight off an officer but was subdued, police said.

The driver of the Jeep, Amanda Nicole Brown, 23, of Dallas ran into a gully but was captured as she tried to wade across a creek.

The chase started at 4:45 p.m. when a detective spotted Dunmire riding in the Jeep on Highway 101 in Newport. Dunmire was wanted at the time for a series of burglaries and thefts in Newport.

The Jeep briefly stopped, and a man jumped out. The SUV then sped off.

That man was dtained and later released after being questioned.

The Jeep led police on a high-speed chase through Newport, then east on Highway 20, police said. The Jeep forced another car off the road; no one was injured, police said.

A sheriff's deputy deployed spike strips in an attempt to halt the Jeep on Hwy 20, but Brown swerved and avoided the spikes.

The chase came to an end when Brown tried to make a turn onto Pioneer Mountain Loop Road at high speed. She lost control of the Jeep and crashed into a guard rail, police.

After the attempted to flee on foot, both Brown and Dunmire were checked out a hospital and then booked into jail.

Brown was taken into custody on an Oregon State Parole Board felony warrant that charged her with Parole Violation for felony convictions in Polk County. She faces additional charges related to the police chase.

Dunmire was booked at the Lincoln County Jail on two counts of Burglary II and Theft I, with his bail set at $150,000. He faces additional charges stemming from theft and burglary reports in Newport.