An armed Clackamas County man was arrested Tuesday near Prineville after leading authorities on a high-speed chase in a stolen truck, according to the Crook County Sheriff’s Office.
A woman driving a separate car was able to escape but was captured around noon on Wednesday.
Sgt. Jacob Childers said the incident started just before 2 p.m. when a sergeant from the CCSO saw two suspicious vehicles “exhibiting indications of criminal behavior” driving north on SE Juniper Canyon Road – a dark green 90s model Ford Mustang and a white 2006 Ford F350 truck
Childers said the two vehicles quickly turned behind a business.
The truck had Texas license plates that the sergeant learned to be stolen from a VW sedan. The Mustang had no license plates or temporary registration visible.
Childers said the sergeant tried to make contact with both vehicles behind the business; however, the truck, driven by 37-year-old Joshua Mathes of Clackamas County, immediately sped away on SE Juniper Canyon Rd. toward Prineville reaching 90 mph.
The sergeant made contact with the driver of the Mustang, 42-year-old Jodi Jennings of Clackamas County, and ordered her to remain at the scene, before leaving to try and stop the truck.
Multiple other law enforcement units from the Crook County Sheriff’s Office and Prineville Police Department responded to help.
As Mathes neared the intersection of SE Juniper Canyon Rd. and SE Paulina Hwy., he intentionally left the road and began driving through multiple farm/ranch properties as he continued his efforts to escape.
Mathes damaged multiple fences and attempted to drive his truck up a large butte southeast of Prineville; however, his truck became disabled and he ran from the scene.
Mathes was quickly found and taken into custody after a brief struggle, Childers said.
The Ford truck was later determined to be stolen out of Portland.
Mathes, a convicted felon, was subsequently found to be in possession of three firearms (two of which were reported stolen), a significant amount of ammunition, a large amount of cash, methamphetamine, and stolen tools.
Mathes was booked into the Crook County Jail on multiple charges:
- Attempt to Elude in Vehicle
- Reckless Driving
- Reckless Endangering
- Fail to Perform Duties of a Driver (multiple counts)
- Criminal Mischief 2nd (multiple counts)
- Criminal Trespass with a Firearm (multiple counts)
- Attempt to Elude On Foot
- Felon in Possession of a Firearm (multiple counts)
- Theft 1st Degree (multiple counts)
- Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine
- Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
- Resisting Arrest
- Driving While License Suspended-Misdemeanor
- Interfering with a Peace Officer
Mathes was additionally charged with a probation violation out of Clackamas County.
He’s being held on $270,000 bail.
On Wednesday, Jennings along with an additional suspect, 51-year-old Lance Larsen of Clackamas were captured during a traffic stop.
Larson was arrested on several charges including multiple counts of felon in possession of a firearm, tampering with evidence.
Jennings was unable to be lodged at the Crook County Jail and was cited and released for felon in possession of a firearm (multiple counts), tampering with evidence (multiple counts), improper transfer of a firearm (multiple counts) and interfering with a peace officer.
Childers said Larsen had helped Jennings transport stolen firearms from Clackamas County to Crook County where they were hidden at a property off of SE Davis Loop.
The firearms had been moved from Clackamas County in an effort to prevent them from being located in a search warrant conducted by Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office in early November.
Anyone with information related to Mathes or Jennings are encouraged to contact the Crook County Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers of Oregon.
There is no danger to the community at this time.