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Trooper Injured, 3 Arrested Following Traffic Stop in Klamath Falls
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Three people were arrested early Saturday morning following a Klamath Falls-area traffic stop by an Oregon State Police trooper during which the driver fled on foot into a residence. The fleeing driver and two people found inside the residence were taken into custody following a search by officers from Oregon State Police (OSP), Klamath County Sheriff's Office, and Klamath Falls Police Department.
According to Sergeant Patrick Trippett, on December 10, 2011 at approximately 12:34 a.m. an OSP trooper stopped a car for a turning violation on Hope Street at Wiard Park. While the trooper was contacting the male driver, who was later identified as MATTHEW M. CROUNSE, age 29, from Klamath Falls, he fled on foot into a nearby residence following a brief struggle with the trooper.
Additional OSP troopers, and officers from Klamath County Sheriff's Office and Klamath Falls Police Department, responded to assist. During the initial attempt to detain CROUNSE, the trooper received a hand injury requiring medical treatment.  The trooper will be off work for several weeks due to the injury.
Officers contacted the owner of the residence who consented to an interior search.
CROUNSE and two other people who were not in the vehicle were found hiding inside the home. The two other people were identified as MICHAEL WAYNE FARRAR, age 24, and KATIE ANN COOPER, age 20, both from Klamath Falls. FARRAR and COOPER were both identified as wanted on outstanding warrants. All three individuals were lodged in the Klamath County Jail on the followings charges:
* Resisting Arrest
* Interfering with a Police Officer
* Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude on Foot
* Parole Violation (2 warrants)
* Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine

* Theft in the Second Degree (warrant)