A 21-year-old Trout Lake man was injured in a one-vehicle accident on March 13, 2007, at approximately 1:31 a.m. The accident occurred on State Route 141 near milepost 20, four miles south of Trout Lake.
According to the report, a 1981 Ford F150 driven by Jared D. Billette, was traveling south on SR 141. The vehicle crossed the northbound lane, left the roadway to the east and struck a fence and several trees.
The driver left the scene and reported his vehicle stolen via a call to 911.
Billette had head and hand lacerations and was transported in personal vehicle driven by his mother to Hood River Providence. He was contacted at the hospital by Trooper Cashatt and placed under arrest for DUI.
County units at the scene were unable to locate any other passengers.
A California man was taken into custody by Oregon State Police (OSP) March 7 afternoon following in attempt to elude over a distance of approximately 52 miles at speeds that were reported over 130 mph on Interstate 84 in the Columbia Gorge.
The incident traveled through Sherman and Wasco counties before State Troopers and Sheriff Deputies successfully spiked two tires ending the suspect's attempt to elude officers in a stolen car.
Unknown to the suspect, a multi-agency enhanced patrol was occurring and numerous State, county and local officers were working in the area which helped in bringing this to a safe ending.
The suspect is identified as Micahel Jon Coman, 33, from Auburn, Calif. Coman was lodged in the Northern Oregon Correctional Facility in The Dalles pending an appearance Thursday in Sherman County Circuit Court.
His current charges are unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle, reckless driving, and Felony attempt to elude in a vehicle. Bail is presently listed at $45,000.
On March 7, at approximately 2 p.m., Sherman County Sheriff's Office had a 1992 Dodge Stealth come into radar at 90 mph northbound on Highway 97 north of Moro. As Sheriff Brad Lohrey attempted to turn on the speeding car, it quickly accelerated northbound. An OSP trooper participating in the interagency enhanced patrol was working north of that location but had not been notified of the eluding car. The OSP trooper obtained a radar reading of 123 mph northbound and quickly moved in position to try to stop it.
OSP troopers tried to spike the eluding car's tires as it entered into Biggs Junction but the car avoided the spike attempt and fled westbound on Interstate 84. OSP troopers were able to keep the car in sight even though speeds were reported in excess of 130 mph.
Three more attempts to spike the eluding car's tires on Interstate 84 in The Dalles area were unsuccessful. As the Dodge exited at Mosier near milepost 69, OSP and Hood River County Sheriff's Office successfully spiked the two right tires. After exiting, the Dodge returned back onto Interstate 84 eastbound and traveled about three more miles before stopping at milepost 72.
Coman was taken into custody without further incident at about 2:30 p.m.
The 1992 Dodge Stealth was determined to be stolen six days ago out of Auburn, Calif.
OSP Lieutenant Pat Ashmore credited the fact that the interagency enhanced patrol was coincidentally happening at the time of the incident, putting numerous OSP troopers and other officers on the area highways to quickly get in position to stop the suspect.
"If the extra troopers and other officers were not working this enhanced patrol project, we would probably not have had the personnel in position to stop the car and arrest its driver," said Lieutenant Ashmore.