Offenders reportedly came to Columbia County expecting to be early released if caught

ParkerSchlickeiserTwo men arrested in Scappoose Oct. 10 for attempting to burglarize a St. Helens home and elude police have been sentenced to prison terms.

Randy Parker, 27, of Seattle and Tomas Schlickeiser, 43, of Portland, were spotted by a St. Helens resident in October as they tried to break into a garage located on Alderwood Drive in St. Helens. After a police pursuit, the men were found hiding near Scappoose High School.

Parker was sentenced Oct. 31 to a total of 36 months in state prison and 21 days in jail for charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, attempting to elude a police officer and second-degree criminal mischief. Parker was also sentenced to a term of post-prison supervision for a total of three years and is ordered to pay $1,000 in criminal fines.

Schlickeiser was sentenced Nov. 13 to a total of 30 months in prison for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He will also be on post-prison supervision for a period of two years and is ordered to pay $400 in criminal fines.

Apparently, the two traveled to Columbia County with the intent to commit crimes, thinking they would soon be released from the county’s under-funded jail via its ongoing matrix system if apprehended.

The matrix system scores incoming offenders based on the severity of crime committed. As a result, only those ranking among the top 17 local offenders are held in the jail.

“Once they were in custody, we received word from other inmates in our jail that Parker and Schlickeiser were a little disappointed,” Columbia County Sheriff Dickerson said. “They had heard that we weren’t keeping people in jail in Columbia County and were shocked to find out that they did not qualify for matrix release.”

Parker and Schlickeiser fled from the St. Helens home after being confronted by a concerned neighbor who eventually called the police. The resident reported to St. Helens police that the men left the scene in a red Subaru after attempting to break into the garage. That vehicle was later found to have been stolen.

When the officers caught up to the Subaru and attempted to pull the suspects over, Parker, who was driving, fled toward Scappoose on Highway 30. According to a press release, the suspects raced at speeds in excess of 100 mph until reaching Scappoose.

Parker then led police through neighborhoods on the west side of Scappoose and eventually crashed near Scappoose High School. The two drove across the school’s athletic field and launched off an embankment at its west end, crashing onto Southeast Fifth Street and destroying the car’s front suspension.

“In ‘Dukes of Hazzard,’ the car keeps on going,” said St. Helens Police Cheif Terry Moss in an earlier interview with the Spotlight. “In this case, that did not work.”

Upon crashing, both Parker and Schlickeiser fled from the vehicle. Parker, hiding under a trailer, was apprehended by Officer John Eggers and a police dog. Schliskeiser was apprehended by other officers while hiding under the school’s bleachers.

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