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Police arrest Washington man after report of 'suspicious male' at Sutherlin business

Leo Jaelyong Sim (Douglas County Sheriff's Office booking photo)

SUTHERLIN, Ore. -- Around 3 a.m. Saturday, Sutherlin police officers responded to the Center Market convenience store on W. Central to a reported “suspicious male acting very strange” sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot.

The person reporting it "was concerned for the safety of the employee inside the convenience store due to the male’s behavior," SPD said in a statement.

When police arrived, the man, identified as 41-year-old Leo Jaelyong Sim of Newcastle, Washington, quickly exited the parking lot, driving over a curb and around a police vehicle, the report says.

Officers attempted to stop him, but he continued north on I-5.

Spike strips were deployed near milepost 142 and Sim pulled into the Cabin Creek Rest Area and parked, police said.

The driver then failed to comply with commands.

A Roseburg Police Department K-9 was deployed inside the vehicle and police used a taser to take him into custody, the report said.

A Sutherlin Police sergeant was taken to Mercy Medical Center by ambulance for a minor injury suffered during the extrication of the driver. He was treated at Mercy Medical Center, released and is back to work.

It was later determined Sim had a history of assaulting police officers and has mental health issues.

Sim was not injured during the arrest, police said. He was lodged at the Douglas County Jail on charges of Felony Elude, Reckless Driving, Resisting Arrest, Interfering, and Aggravated Harassment. He was the sole occupant of his vehicle.

Officers from the Roseburg Police Department and deputies from Douglas County Sheriff’s Office assisted.

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