Accused car thief evades cops; passenger in jail

by: Courtesy of Oregon DMV The Oregon State Police and Portland Police are on the lookout for this man, Charles Lee Mathews, the alleged driver of the freshly-stolen car. If you see him, call 9-1-1.

What started as a routine traffic stop ended up as a search for a suspected car thief, at about 8:30 am on November 26. The driver took off and is still missing, but the passenger of the stolen car ended up with a long stay in jail.

When an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper pulled over a white 1991 Nissan Maxima - stolen, but not yet reported - along S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses near S.E. Carlton Street, the driver bolted out of the vehicle and fled, said OSP Public Information Officer Lt. Gregg Hastings.

'But when the female passenger tried to walk away, she was arrested. Portland police officers responded to the scene and helped set up a perimeter. A Portland Police K-9 helped search the area, but officers didn't find the male driver.'

That man, who Hastings identified as 32-year-old Charles Lee Mathews - last known to reside in Gresham - had managed to slip away.

'24-year-old Ashlee Ayne Spaulding was arrested on an outstanding felony Multnomah County warrant for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle (UUMV),' Hastings told THE BEE. 'She was lodged in the Multnomah County Correctional Facility UUMV related to this stop and Hindering Prosecution.'

While MCDC records show that Spaulding remains in custody with her bail set at $5,000, 'At this time, Mathews is still at large,' conceded Hasting. 'He's 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.

Anyone with information regarding his location is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 1-800/452-7888, or 9-1-1.'