Stolen Truck Pursuit Results in Crashes, Jail

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Thu, July 25 2013 at 4:42 PM, Updated: Thu, July 25 2013 at 4:53 PM

A cop car was hit during a wild pursuit of a stolen vehicle through Klamath Falls Wednesday night...and two suspects are facing multiple charges in that case.

25 year old Joseph Nelson faces charges including attempted aggravated murder.

Police say he and 43 year old Allen Owen of Lakeview tried to elude officers in a stolen truck.

"The pursuit continued pretty much all the way through town."  Notes Sergeant Clif Barden of the Oregon State Police.  "And county did end up taking them, both suspects that were in the stolen truck into custody."

Sgt. Barden notes that Deputy West Packer tried to stop the pursuit in a residential neighborhood...

"Basically the deputy that was driving the vehicle attempted to pin the suspect truck, and keep him from continuing the pursuit - but instead he just got rammed."

Deputy Packer wasn't seriously injured.

Motorcyclist Jack Tucker says the suspects also ran into his friend's bike...

"Well, we just seen him eluding a police officer, and they came out off this street to make a right hand turn, and ran into the front end of us.'  'Is your buddy okay?'  'Yeah, he's fine."

Police say the suspects also hit a blue SUV before fleeing the scene.

The suspects eventually ditched the truck, and were caught by officers as they tried to run away.

Allen Owen is charged with auto theft, while Joseph Nelson faces 16 counts including attempted murder.

Sheriff's deputies, Klamath Falls Police, and State Police Officers were all involved in the pursuit, and capture.

The Oregon State Police are in charge of the crash investigations.


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Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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