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January 22, 2014
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Chase up I-5 ends with fleeing pickup out of gas

A high-speed pursuit Tuesday that started in Sutherlin when authorities spotted a stolen pickup ended after 30 miles when the vehicle ran out of gas, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s deputies and Sutherlin police officers were following up on a theft report and saw a 1997 Ford F-150 pickup reported stolen from Roseburg.

The pickup was on Central Avenue in Sutherlin around 6:30 p.m. and went north on Interstate 5, deputies said.

Officers pursued the pickup at speeds of up to 95 mph, deputies said.

The pickup slowed down as it ran out of gas near Milepost 162. A man jumped from the pickup and ran. The man, identified by deputies as Robert Garay, 31, of Sutherlin, was arrested after a short chase, deputies said.

The driver stopped the pickup a short distance later, deputies said. Tamara Dawn Hughes, 39, of Sutherlin was arrested on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle, attempting to elude a police officer in a vehicle, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, driving while license suspended or revoked and a misdemeanor probation violation.

She was taken to Douglas County Jail, where she was being held today in lieu of $160,070 bail.

Garay was arrested on suspicion of unlawful possession of methamphetamine and a felony agency hold. He was also taken to jail, where he is being held without bail.

The pickup and a utility trailer had been reported stolen to Roseburg police on Jan. 5. Investigators later found the stolen trailer and tools inside a shop at Hughes’ home, deputies said.


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