Wild chase lands Dallas man in jail

POLK COUNTY -- A Dallas man was arrested after leading police on a dangerous high speed chase along West Ellendale Avenue and Main Street last week.

Caleb D. McKean, 24, is accused of eluding law enforcement officials trying to question him in connection with a domestic violence incident on the evening of June 30.

McKean faces a bevy of charges, including reckless driving, drunk driving, attempting to elude police officers, failure to perform the duties of a driver involved in an accident, third-degree assault, and third- and second-degree criminal mischief.

The latter four charges are felonies. McKean is currently being held in Polk County Jail on $75,000 security. He is scheduled to appear in court Thursday, July 7.

Sheriff's office officials gave this account:

The episode began about 9:50 p.m. June 30, after sheriff's deputies received a call from McKean's girlfriend, who told officials that McKean hit her and then fled in his pickup truck.

On their way to the scene in the 2000 block of Pioneer Road, deputies spotted McKean traveling southbound and drifting over the center line.

McKean ignored attempts by officials to pull him over, and raced toward Dallas, just missing other cars as he achieved speeds up to 90 miles per hour.

Mckean led deputies and Dallas police officers northwest through the city, clipping a vehicle stopped in front of the railroad tracks at Orrs Corner and Bowersville roads.

The driver of that vehicle, James Kirkpatrck of Independence, sustained minor injuries.

McKean eventually drove into a ditch on the east side of the road. After briefly receiving treatment, McKean was transported to Polk County Jail. A blood test revealed his blood-alcohol content was .1 percent, or twice the amount that cinstitutes drunk driving in Oregon.

McKean's indiscretions didn't end there, sheriff's spokesmen said. While waiting to be processed at the jail, he became agitated, broke a telephone and began kicking at a door.

Deputies were forced to use a taser on McKean in order to restrain him, sheriff's officials said.


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