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WL police arrest man who drove stolen car to court

Rental car had been missing for six weeks

West Linn police officers had just completed a traffic stop on Main Street in Oregon City Thursday morning when 48-year old Gary Ramsey Jr., of Boring, drove past them.

The rear window and a side window of Ramsey’s car had been completely smashed out. In addition, the windshield and both front side windows appeared as though they had been bashed in with a baseball bat, according to police. A check of the license plate revealed the car had been reported stolen from an Enterprise rental car agency several weeks before.

The officers stopped and contacted Ramsey, who said he was paying for parking so he could appear in court at the Clackamas County Courthouse.

“I’ve never seen someone drive a stolen car to court,” WLPD Sergeant Dave Kempas said. “I’ve seen people drive suspended to court, but never a stolen car.”

Ramsey, who had originally rented the car about six weeks prior for a one week period, told police he had driven to a Native American Reservation in California because a friend told him that his family there was taking his personal belongings. He said he drove there to insure his "stuff" wasn't taken.

Ramsey told officers that he attempted to have a friend pay the rental agency with cash to extend the rental period, but was told the rental agency doesn't accept cash.

When asked why he simply didn't return the car, Ramsey explained he didn't have a way home and didn't want to be stuck there. When asked what happened to the car windows, Ramsey explained that his girlfriend's sister broke them, but would not say why, according to police.

Ramsey was turned over to deputies at the courthouse, so he could make his court appearance, police said. Afterwards, deputies lodged him at the Clackamas County Jail on charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle, unauthorized entry to a motor vehicle and criminal possession of a rented motor vehicle.

Bail was listed at $37,500.

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