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Troopers Arrest Man Following Elude, Car Fire - Highway 97 north of Klamath Falls
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers arrested a Eugene-area man Sunday afternoon who was wanted on felony warrants after a brief attempt to elude was brought to an end when his car caught fire north of Klamath Falls.
According to OSP Sergeant Patrick Trippett, on January 31, 2010 at approximately 3:16 p.m. OSP Trooper Travis Peterson stopped a Toyota Camry southbound on Highway 97 near milepost 281 for a traffic violation. The driver identified himself as JAMES LEE EMARY, age 39, from Eugene. Peterson returned to his patrol vehicle and upon running a wanted check learned EMARY was wanted on three felony warrants out of Klamath County Circuit Court. Peterson approached the Toyota to take EMARY into custody when EMARY fled southbound in his car.
Speeds were near 80 mph as Trippett joined Peterson to assist. After about three miles black smoke and flames were seen coming from underneath the Toyota's hood. Speeds dramatically slowed to about 30 mph for about one mile and then EMARY pulled onto the shoulder and stopped.
The highway was closed in both directions while EMARY was taken into custody from the car without further incident. The fire fully engulfed the vehicle and was subsequently extinguished by fire crews from Klamath County Fire District 1 and Kingsley Field.
The highway was closed about 20 minutes.
EMARY was arrested and lodged in Klamath County Jail for:
  • Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
  • (Warrant) Failure to Appear – Burglary
  • (Warrant) Failure to Appear - Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • (Warrant) Failure to Appear in the Second Degree