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Klamath Falls Man Arrested Following Attempt to Elude in Stolen Vehicle
03/18/2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
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(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
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A Klamath Falls-area man was arrested Sunday morning after attempting to elude an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper in a stolen vehicle for approximately 8 miles on Highway 97 north of Klamath Falls. The incident ended after the driver crashed the vehicle and tried to flee on foot. With the help of Klamath County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies, the suspect was captured a short distance from where he abandoned the crash vehicle.
 
According to OSP Sergeant Robert Fenner, on March 18, 2012 at approximately 7:55 a.m. an OSP trooper patrolling northbound on Highway 97 checked a southbound Volkswagen Jetta at 77 mph in the 55 mph speed zone. The trooper turned around to stop the Volkswagen Jetta, the driver turned off the highway and attempted to elude the trooper in an agricultural field. The Jetta returned to Highway 97 continuing to attempt to elude the trooper southbound at speeds in excess of 80 mph.
 
Approximately seven miles south of where the trooper originally spotted the Jetta, the vehicle turned onto Wocus Road where the driver lost control, traveling off the roadway and crashing into a barbed-wire fence.
 
The driver fled from the vehicle on foot with the trooper in pursuit as KCSO deputies arrived to assist. The trooper and deputies overtook and arrested the driver at 8:06 a.m. without further incident about 300 yards from the vehicle. As a precaution, personnel from Klamath County Fire District I evaluated the driver for any possible injury related to the initial minor crash.
 
It was determined after arresting the driver that the Volkswagen Jetta was reported stolen to KCSO March 9, 2012. A device was found in the vehicle used to start the Jetta's ignition without the standard key.
 
AAREN M. BRODERICK, JR., age 43, from Klamath Falls, was lodged in the Klamath County Jail on the following charges:
  • Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
  • Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
  • Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude on Foot
  • Reckless Driving
  • Possession of Burglary Tool or Theft Device