An armed standoff that lasted nearly five hours ended peacefully in Green after police convinced a man accused of stealing a Ford pickup and attempting to elude police gave himself up at the north end of Carnes Road in Green.

Timothy John Rourke, 54, of Roseburg, was arrested around 4 p.m., bringing a peaceful conclusion to a day that began with angry confrontation at nearby Heartwood Resources, a pursuit of a stolen vehicle by a family member and ultimately police, before police stopped the suspect at a dead end at the bottom of an overpass near Interstate 5.

At 11:07 a.m. Saturday, dispatchers were notified that a Ford pickup had left Hartwood Resources at a high rate of speed followed by a citizen who recognized the vehicle as stolen.

Deputies later located the vehicle on Glengary Loop Road and a pursuit ensued. A Winston police officer was able to successfully deflate the tires on the pickup using spike strips. The driver continued to drive with deflated tires through the intersection of Roberts Creek Road and Highway 99, running a red light. The pursuit ended at the north end of Carnes Road near the bike path when the driver crashed into the concrete barriers at the dead end.

As many as 30 police officers from several agencies, including Oregon State Police, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Winston and Roseburg police surrounded the pickup shortly after 11 a.m. Members of the Douglas County Sheriff Crisis Negotiation Team and Tactical Response Team were called in as Rourke was observed to have a shotgun in his hands. Rourke refused to comply with deputies and continued to place the firearm to his head, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

Police blocked Carnes Road about a quarter mile from the scene while negotiations continued. Residents expecting to return home near the standoff, and even a mail carrier were denied entry until the standoff ended.

Police, he said, spiked the tires somewhere near Glengary Loop Road, but the driver didn’t slow down.

“He drove all the way from there to here (the end of Carnes Road) and he blew through the intersection at Kelly’s Corner at 60 on two flat tires,” the witness said, who asked not to be identified.

Garen Elston said he was on Carnes Road when he saw the driver go by “on rims” with police in pursuit.

“He was doing about 70 on rims,” Elston said.

Rich Hutton was working on his house next to Carnes Road when he heard a commotion.

“He was barreling down the road, but he didn’t have any tires on his rims, and about 10 cops following right behind him,” Hutton said. “I thought, that guy took a wrong turn, I bet he didn’t know that’s a dead end.”

Rourke is being held on charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen vehicle, attempt to elude, reckless driving, felon in possession of firearm, attempted assault on public safety officer, possession of methamphetamine, failure to perform the duties of a driver, second-degree assault, as well as two warrants out of Josephine County.

Reporter Dan Bain can be reached at 541-957-4221 or e-mail at dbain@nrtoday.com.

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Dan Bain is the health reporter for The News-Review. He previously worked at KPIC and 541 Radio.

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