Clackamas County crash leads to arrest of two Rogue Valley residents

Two Jackson County residents wanted on warrants were arrested in Clackamas County on New Year's Eve after crashing a stolen car into a power pole and fleeing the scene, Oregon State Police reported.

An OSP sergeant patrolling Highway 212 in the Clackamas area at 11:20 p.m. Tuesday saw a 2005 BMW passenger car driving aggressively. The sergeant lost sight of the car in heavy fog, but soon came upon it crashed into a power pole and unoccupied near SE 168th Avenue on the north side of the highway.

Law enforcement confirmed the vehicle had been stolen and began a search for the driver, an OSP news release today said. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Department and a Gladstone police dog assisted.

After two hours of searching, police found two people, muddy and with cuts on their legs, OSP reported. Police said the pair provided false identities but were eventually identified as Kristopher Ian Simpson, 40, of Medford, and Jamie Lea Desavedo, 32, of Ashland. Both were wanted on warrants out of Jackson County.

Simpson, the driver of the car, was lodged in the Clackamas County Jail on a warrant charging him with failure to appear in court on a charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and a parole violation. He also faces new Clackamas County charges including reckless driving, unauthorized use of a vehicle, misdemeanor attempt to elude on foot, possession of heroin, misdemeanor, hit and run and identity theft. His bail is set at $90,000, according to Clackamas County Jail website.

Passenger Desavedo was lodged for a parole violation. She is no longer listed in the jail, records show.

— Ryan Pfeil

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