GRAND RONDE -- A suspect in a string of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) thefts was hospitalized last week after leading Yamhill County Sheriff's deputies on a chase that ended with the suspect crashing into a tree near Grand Ronde.
Deputies have been investigating several reported ATV thefts in Polk and Yamhill counties since September and received a tip last week on possible locations of stolen vehicles and trailers.
Yamhill deputies recovered four ATVs and one motorcycle on properties in the 54000 block of Hebo Road and the 57000 block of Jahn Road in Polk County. Leaving the scene, deputies spotted a vehicle driving on Highway 22 matching the description of that owned by a suspect.
When deputies tried to stop the vehicle, the driver sped off. A short pursuit ended when the driver, Edward T. Bolton, 42, of Grand Ronde crashed into a tree. Bolton suffered injuries in the accident and was flown from the crash scene to Salem Hospital for treatment. He was admitted to the ICU, but released later in the week, according to Yamhill Sgt. Russ Vandewettering.
Charges are pending against Bolton, Vandewettering said.
The case remains open and anyone with information is asked to call 503-434-7506.