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Man Arrested Following Elude, Injury Crash in South Klamath Falls
04/12/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
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A Klamath Falls area man was arrested Monday night after attempts to elude Klamath County (KCSO) deputies and Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers ended when he crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of Highway 39 and Keller Road. The suspect and an 11-year old boy passenger in his car received minor injuries.

According to OSP Sergeant Robert Fenner, on April 11, 2011 at approximately 7:30 p.m. a Ford Escort attempted to elude KCSO in the south suburbs of Klamath Falls. The Ford Escort driven by STEVEN LAMERE, age 35, from Klamath Falls, was also occupied by an 11 year old boy in the right front passenger seat. After several minutes, deputies lost sight of the car.

OSP troopers spotted the Ford Escort minutes later eastbound on Keller Road. As troopers attempted to overtake the car, it drove through a stop sign at the Highway 39 intersection and collided into a southbound Nissan Murano driven by BONNIE MATERN, age 53, from Springfield.

Troopers arrived on scene shortly after the crash as LAMERE began to run away leaving behind the injured boy. Troopers captured LAMERE within several hundred yards from the crash scene.

LAMERE and the boy were both transported to Sky Lakes Medical Center with minor injuries. Additional information regarding the boy and his relationship to LAMERE is not available for this release.

MATERN was not injured.

LAMERE was wanted on an outstanding Parole Violation warrant. He was later lodged in the Klamath County Jail to face charges of Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle, Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude on Foot, Reckless Driving, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, and Assault in the Third Degree.

Highway 39 was closed at Keller Road for four hours. Troopers from the Klamath Falls Area Command were assisted at the crash scene by Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath Falls City Police, Klamath County Fire District I, and ODOT.