Douglas Co. deputies arrest man wanted for burglaries in Lane Co.
DRAIN, Ore. -- A man wanted for vehicle theft out of Lane County fled from deputies Tuesday morning on Sand Creek Road in North Douglas County.
Sheriff's deputies found Matthew Henry Clark, 31, later that afternoon thanks to a tip from someone driving along Sand Creek Road.
At about 7:45 a.m. Tuesday a deputy stopped to talk with a man, later identified as Clark, that had been sleeping in a red Ford Ranger that was blocking a gate off the roadway.
Clark reportedly had two knives with him and was acting suspicious, officials said. The deputy then found the pickup was stolen.
Officials at the scene said the deputy held Clark at gunpoint for a short time at the end of Sand Creek. He reportedly fled into the brush before backup arrived.
Deputies set up a perimeter and with the help of a K-9, the Oregon State Police and officers from Sutherlin, a manhunt ensued.
Police dispatchers got a call from someone driving in the area at around 5:30 p.m. reporting that a man matching Clark's description had just jumped down a ravine.
The search team reported finding Clark along Sand Creek trying to change his appearance, officials said.
Sand Creek Road was closed to everyone but area residents while the search went on.
Deputies say the owners of the stolen vehicle have been to the scene to pick it up. The victims say they believe they know who Clark is.
If anyone has more information on this case, please contact the Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471.
This is a developing story and will be updated.