Search on for driver of stolen car
- Jim Redden
- Portland Tribune - News
Public asked to help find Charles Lee Mathews, 32
The Oregon State Police is asking for the public to help find a man who fled from a stolen car in Southeast Portland on Saturday morning.
Charles Lee Mathews, 32, is described as a white male, 5'7", 175 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a purple short sleeve shirt and blue jeans. His last known address is in Gresham.
A female passenger in the car was arrested on multiple charges. Ashlee Ayne Spaulding, 24, was arrested on an outstanding felony Multnomah County warrant for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. She was also lodged in the Multnomah County Correctional Facility on the same charge related to Saturday's incident and hindering prosecution.
According to state police, at approximately 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 26, OSP Trooper Tyler Bechtel stopped a white 1991 Nissan Maxima displaying Oregon license plates for a traffic violation on Southeast 82nd Avenue near Carlton Street. The car's male driver fled on foot, but Bechtel detained the female passenger as she tried to walk away.
After the traffic stop, Bechtel learned the car was stolen but a report had not been filed yet with police.
Portland police officers responded to the scene and helped set up a perimeter. A police canine helped search the area but officers were unable to find the driver, later identified as Mathews.
Anyone with information regarding Mathews' location is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888 or 9-1-1.