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February 25, 2014
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Roseburg man leads deputy on car chase

A Roseburg man who led a deputy on a high-speed car chase Monday afternoon near Winchester Elementary School was arrested after his vehicle got stuck while turning around in a driveway, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Brian Blake Baird, 44, of Roseburg was driving a 1993 Lincoln on Page Road near the school when Deputy Ken Berry attempted to stop him for speeding at about 2:30 p.m., deputies said.

Deputies said Baird refused to stop and led Berry on a high-speed chase east on Page Road and onto Elmar Drive.

As Berry rounded a corner on Elmar Drive, Baird backed up his vehicle, rammed the patrol car, sped off and turned up a driveway, deputies said.

The patrol car had substantial damage to the front, but Berry was uninjured, according to the sheriff’s office.

Baird attempted to turn around in the driveway, but his vehicle became high-centered. Berry held Baird at the scene until backup units arrived, deputies said.

Baird was arrested on suspicion of two counts of possession of methamphetamine, three counts of recklessly endangering another person, driving while license suspended or revoked, attempt to elude a police officer, reckless driving, first-degree criminal mischief and warrants for failure to appear and a parole violation.

He was taken to Douglas County Jail, where he remained today in lieu of $286,250 bail.


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The News-Review Updated Feb 28, 2014 02:05PM Published Feb 25, 2014 11:44AM Copyright 2014 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.