Officials arrest suspect after pursuit and crash

A Washington County deputy sheriff located a stolen vehicle with a sleeping driver inside on New Year's Eve in Aloha.

Just before 8 p.m. on Tuesday, the sheriff's office received a call from a concerned citizen reporting that a man she knew as "Zach" told her he was going to commit a crime. She claimed the suspect was driving a stolen maroon Toyota sedan and had a stolen rifle he would use if necessary, said Sgt. Bob Ray, sheriff's office spokesman.

Deputies identified the man as Zachery Mayes, a 32-year-old transient who has been lodged 25 times in the Washington County Jail, Ray said.

Multiple deputies began a search of the area to locate the suspect.

At 11:56 p.m., a deputy sheriff located a vehicle matching the description of the stolen Toyota parked at Southwest Marlin Drive at Farmington Road in Aloha. A check of the license plate confirmed the 2013 Toyota Camry was stolen out of Washington County.

As the official approached, he noticed the driver appeared to be unconscious.

"Through the open door, the deputy saw a rifle wedged between the driver's seat and the lower door sill," Ray said. "As the deputy sheriff waited for additional deputies, the driver woke up and sped eastbound in the Camry on Southwest Farmington Road."

The deputy sheriff turned on his lights and siren in an attempt to stop the fleeing vehicle. However, the driver refused to stop and attempted to avoid law enforcement officers, Ray said.

After about three blocks, the driver swerved toward a responding deputy, then in the opposite direction, crashing into a concrete planter in the front yard of 19330 S.W. Farmington Road.

The crash disabled the Camry. The driver attempted to flee on foot, but then surrendered to the deputies in the area.

Deputies were able to take Mayes into custody without further incident.

Deputy found three stolen rifles, including the loaded rifle next to the driver's seat. They also found a stolen $1,500 bicycle and other potentially stolen items during a search of the stolen vehicle.

Mayes was lodged in the Washington County Jail on charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, attempt to elude a police officer, felon in possession of a weapon, reckless driving and possession of methamphetamine. He is held on $100,000 bail. "Additional charges are possible as the investigation continues," Ray said.

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