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Wanted felon escapes capture near Roseburg

Oregon State Police and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s help to find a Sutherlin man described by police as a dangerous and wanted felon who avoided capture Wednesday.

OSP alleges Hiram Samuel Cunningham, 30, sped away from two pursuing OSP detectives at speeds of more than 100 mph west on Old Garden Valley Road shortly after 4 p.m.

The detectives were traveling north in a marked OSP pickup on Interstate 5 in the Roseburg area and recognized Cunningham driving a 2008 Chevrolet Impala with two passengers.

Cunningham exited at Milepost 125 and turned west on Northwest Garden Valley Boulevard, where detectives attempted a traffic stop.

The chase lasted for five miles before detectives lost sight of the Chevrolet.

Troopers, sheriff’s deputies and Roseburg police officers searched for the car and found it abandoned near Capital Lane.

OSP reports contacting two people who troopers say were the passengers — Chantel Dawn Woody, 26, and Brogan John Delia, 22, both of Fossil.

Both were arrested on felony warrants charging them in Wheeler County with failing to appear in court to answer drug charges.

Officers searched the area of Capital Lane and Old Garden Valley Road until about 8 p.m. before discontinuing the search.

Authorities say Cunningham is wanted on numerous felony and misdemeanor warrants out of Douglas, Lane and Jackson counties.

He is described as a white male, 6 feet, 2 inches tall, 170 pounds, with short brown hair and hazel eyes. He is known to wear disguises, including a wig and reading glasses. He is known to carry firearms.

Law enforcement cautioned the public to not approach Cunningham and to call 911 or OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at 800-442-2068 with information about his whereabouts.


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