Sheriff: Man leads deputy on pursuit, rams patrol car

WINCHESTER, Ore. -- A deputy with the Douglas County Sheriff's office was led on a high speed pursuit Monday afternoon, before the suspect rammed his patrol car, the Sheriff's office said.

Officials at the scene say a deputy spotted a vehicle driving through the Winchester School area on
Page Road at a high rate of speed at about 2:30 pm.

The deputy tried to stop the male driver, but he took off.

Authorities say the pursuit went down Page Road to Elmar Drive, where the driver put his car into reverse and rammed the deputy's patrol car.

The chase came to an end when the driver, identified as Brian Blake Baird, 44, of Roseburg, almost went over an embankment, leaving the vehicle high-centered.

Baird was taken into custody without furthar incident.

The patrol car sustained damage to the front end, and authorities say the deputy was not injured.

Officials lodged Baird in the Douglas County Jail, charging him with Attempt to Elude, Reckless Driving, Recklessly Endangering, Hit and Run, Criminal Mischief, Unlawful Possession and Delivery of Methamphetamine and two outstanding warrants.