Sheriff: Man crashes stolen car, escapes through wetlands

Sheriff: Man crashes stolen car, escapes through wetlands

VENETA, Ore.-- Deputies found a handgun and a baseball hat while searching the area near a crashed stolen car Wednesday morning, however the Lane County Sheriff's Office said the driver fled through a nearby wetlands.

The incident started just before 6 a.m. when a deputy spotted a red Ford Mustang near Highway 126 and Territorial Highway that was reported stolen earlier that morning.

The Sheriff's Office says that when the deputy tried to pull over the Mustang, its driver sped off through a parking lot, over a curb and crashed into an electrical distribution box.

According to reports from the deputy, a man got out of the car and ran west through a marshy area.

A team of LCSO deputies worked with a Springfield Police K9 unit to find the man. They only found a handgun and a baseball cap a short distance from the car, officials say.

The Sheriff's Office describes the suspect as a white man with a slender build between the ages of 20 and 30 years old. At the time he was wearing a light-colored shirt. Officials say his pants would have been saturated with water after going through the wetland area.

Anyone with information about the suspect in this case is asked to call the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4141.

Several buildings in the area were without power while Emerald People's Utility District employees assessed the damage and repaired the electrical distribution box.