Deputies: Suspect hijacks patrol car, crashes it during chase

Deputies: Suspect hijacks patrol car, crashes it during chase

MOLALLA, Ore. - The Clackamas County sheriff's office says a stabbing suspect fled deputies early Friday by speeding off in a patrol car.
   
Deputies responded about 1 a.m. to a stabbing in the 16800 block of South Howards Mill Road. A deputy who arrived a few minutes later noticed a patrol car quickly driving away with no lights on.

Deputies said the suspect, 25-year-old Tara Axmaker of Clackamas, stole the patrol car. They gave chase and eventually arrested Axmaker when she lost control and crashed near the intersection of Highway 213 and Molalla Road. She was not injured.

Axmaker faces charges of attempted murder, first-degree aggravated theft, attempted assault of a public safety officer, unauthorized use of a vehicle, eluding a police officer, reckless driving and two parole violations. She is being held without bail and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

The victim, 33-year-old Matthew Savage of Beavercreek, was flown by LifeFlight to a hospital and is now in fair condition.

Axmaker and the victim know each other, police said, but it's not clear at this point what the nature of their relationship is.

Police also said the use of methamphetamine by the suspect played a significant role in what happened.