Man accused of ramming deputy's vehicle during pursuit

Deputies are still searching for the man accused of leading them on a high-speed chase before he rolled a stolen vehicle.

Posted: Nov 13, 2018 1:19 PM
Updated: Nov 13, 2018 2:30 PM

LINN COUNTY, Ore. -- Deputies are looking for a Sweet Home man who they said led them on a high-speed chase and then rammed a deputy's patrol vehicle.

Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon said deputies contacted a man in a parked vehicle Monday morning near the intersection of High Deck Road and Cascadia Drive in Cascadia.

Deputies recognized him as David Russell Coats, 36, who was wanted on several outstanding warrants, including robbery and pending charges from additional cases.

When the deputy told Coats to step out of the vehicle, he said Coats put the vehicle in reverse and rammed the front of the deputy's patrol vehicle twice before driving off.

Deputies pursued Coats onto Highway 20, where speeds reached 90 mph. Deputies said they momentarily lost sight of Coats after he turned onto Latiwi Creek Road. They said they found the vehicle rolled over about a quarter-mile up the road.

They said Coats ran off and they searched for him for more than two hours, with the help of a K-9 unit, but were unable to find him.

He was last seen wearing a dark-colored, hooded sweatshirt.

The deputies in the rammed vehicle were not injured, and it's not known if Coats was hurt.

They said he was driving a 2008 gold Chevrolet Equinox stolen from the Sweet Home area.

Sheriff Yon is warning the public not to approach Coats. Anyone who knows his whereabouts is asked to call 541-967-3911.

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