Deputy injured during pursuit with wanted couple
Law enforcement in Southern Oregon are on the look out for a couple who injured a Josephine County deputy while running from authorities.
It happened Tuesday Aug. 28th at 3:24 p.m.
Deputies from the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office were involved in a vehicle pursuit. According to a press release from Sheriff Dave Daniel, the pursuit was initiated on Leland Rd. outside of Wolf Creek.
A traffic stop was initiated on a black Ford Explorer for reckless driving. The operator of the vehicle elected to flee upon lights and siren being activated, according to the release.
The pursuit continued over rural gravel roads leading into the Sunny Valley community on King Mountain Rd. A unnamed deputy was in the process of setting up spike strips in the 400 block of King Mountain Rd. when the eluding vehicle approached him accelerating at high speeds.
"The deputy was attempting to avoid collision but was caught halfway out of the driver’s door of the patrol vehicle," Sheriff Dave Daniel said in the release. "The eluding suspect elected to ram the patrol vehicle striking the driver’s door, driver’s side rear door and driver’s side rear quarter panel. The Deputy was pinned between the door and his upper torso bent the top of the door out due to the force of the impact," the statement read in part.
The suspect's vehicle became disabled and the male driver and female passenger ran away.
The deputy ran after them until he was overcome by his injuries.
"Soon after the incident he was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center emergency department. He was released after being treated," Daniel said.
The two wanted individuals have not been located.
If anyone has information regarding this incident the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office asks that you contact us at 541-474-5123.