Police say man crashes into semi, runs into woods

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Mon, May 5 2014 at 5:20 PM, Updated: Mon, May 5 2014 at 10:51 PM

Chemult, Ore. -- A Keno man is lucky to be alive after driving into a rolling semi at the Highway 97 and 138 Diamond Lake Junction Monday morning.

Whispering Pines Motel owner Sheila Powley says the accident happened just before 9:AM...

"Stopped at the stop sign, until a semi was coming down the road, and pulled right out in front of him - slammed into him."

Powley says the man then calmly drove his destroyed car into her parking lot...

"He pulled around, parked in front of my motel rooms.  Sat down, had a cigarette, and then ran off into the woods."

The truck driver wasn't hurt. 

Powley says the other man didn't appear to be injured...

"Seemed okay.  Seemed a little shook - but other than that, he was apparently perfectly capable of running."

Oregon State Police Recruit Trooper Michael Nork says police then began searching the woods for 52 year old suspect Brad Avooske...

"Approximately 2 hours later, we found him hiding in another vehicle, an abandoned vehicle close by."

Nork adds that Avooske is charged with misdemeanor hit and run, and drunk driving...

"And his B.A.C. was found to be a .15 percent."

Avooske could face more charges as the investigation continues.

Powley notes this isn't the first crash at the Diamond Lake Junction...

"A lot of people just shoot right through - and it is dangerous."



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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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