On January 7, 2014 at approximately 10:25 p.m., OSP troopers were notified to be on the lookout for a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta displaying Washington license plates westbound on Highway 26 from Government Camp. The vehicle was reported to be driven by an armed adult male who allegedly kidnapped a female after threats to harm her.
OSP troopers, a Clackamas County deputy and Sandy police officer set up along Highway 26 monitoring westbound traffic. At approximately 11:28 p.m., OSP troopers spotted the vehicle westbound on the east end of Sandy and attempted a high risk traffic stop near Bluff Road. The driver of the vehicle stopped momentarily and then sped off Highway 26 into a residential area.
During the next several minutes, the driver attempted to elude officers from the three agencies in the Sandy area. At one point, a Clackamas County deputy deployed spike strips and successfully hit one rear tire. The vehicle continued attempting to elude until driving into a dead-end road on Loundree Drive where it stopped and officers conducted a high risk stop at gunpoint. At 11:38 p.m., the male driver and female passenger were both detained without further incident.
Subsequent investigation confirmed the initial kidnapping report provided by persons who knows the female passenger was unfounded. OSP is conducting follow up investigation on that report. A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of two handguns, one with an altered serial number.
The car’s driver, MATTHEW JOHN LIENHARD, age 37, from Gresham, was lodged in Clackamas County Jail for Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle, Reckless Driving, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person. He was also cited for Driving While Suspended and two other traffic-related violations.
Passenger SARAH EULETA SHORT, age 28, from Bend, was also lodged in Clackamas County Jail for two counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and one count of Obliteration or Change of ID number on Firearm.