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2 arrested in Canyonville after pursuit of stolen car, man jumps in river

Arrested in Canyonville: Terry Thomas and Whitney Atterbury (Douglas County Sheriff's Office photos)

CANYONVILLE, Ore. -- A man and woman from Roseburg were arrested following a pursuit that ended with the man jumping into the South Umpqua River, police said.

After Douglas County Sheriff's deputies spotted a stolen 1995 Acura Integra, they attempted a traffic stop. But the driver, 34-year-old Terry Thomas, attempted to elude and wound up crashing on Gazley Road near Lou Gray Drive in Canyonville.

Thomas and his passenger, 24-year-old Whitney Atterbury, exited the car and ran from deputies, police said.

Atterbury was captured after a brief foot chase. Thomas jumped into the South Umpqua River and floated down river, the report said.

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After about 45 minutes in the water, Thomas, who was unconscious, was rescued by deputies, the sheriff's office said. He was transported to Mercy Medical Center where he received treatment and was ultimately discharged into custody.

Both Thomas and Atterbury were lodged at the Douglas County Jail on the following charges:

Terry Thomas - Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Fail to Perform the Duties of a Driver - Misdemeanor, Obstructing Governmental Administration, Interfering with a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, Attempt to Elude on Foot, Attempt to Elude in Vehicle, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and Parole Violation.

Whitney Atterbury - Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Obstructing Governmental Administration, Interfering with a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, Escape 2nd Degree, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and Parole Violation.

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