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State police seek Gresham suspect who allegedly fled stolen car

by: Contributed photos Charles Mathews, left, and Ashlee Spaulding.

Oregon State Police are looking for a Gresham man who reportedly fled a stolen car this weekend.

At about 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, an Oregon state trooper stopped a white 1991 Nissan Maxima with Oregon plates for a traffic violation at Southeast 82nd Avenue near Carlton Street, said Lt. Gregg Hastings, Oregon State Police spokesman. The trooper later discovered the vehicle was stolen, but the owners hadn't filed a police report yet.

The man driving the stolen vehicle ran away. As his female passenger tried to walk away, the trooper detained and arrested her on several charges.

The female passenger - identified as Ashlee Ayne Spaulding, 24, of Southeast Portland - is being held at the Multnomah County Inverness Jail on $10,000 bail on allegations of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and hindering prosecution. She also is on a no-bail hold for a felony Multnomah County warrant for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Portland police and a canine officer searched the area but didn't find the driver - identified as Charles Lee Mathews, 32, of Gresham. He is described as a Caucasian man, 5-foot-7-inches tall, 175 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a purple short-sleeved shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information regarding Mathews' location is asked to call the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center dispatch at 1-800-452-7888 or call 9-1-1.