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Police: Wrong-way driver rammed patrol car, arrested

Posted: Updated: Oct 8, 2012 07:39 AM

A standoff on a rural highway ended with suspect being tased and arrested.

According to Stayton Police, at about 1:36 a.m. Sunday a report came in of a vehicle going the wrong direction on Highway 22 near milepost 9.  Minutes later, officers located a truck traveling slowly in the westbound lanes, between mileposts 12 and 13.

Police attempted to pull over the vehicle but the driver refused to comply.  With the help of Aumsville Police, the highway was closed to westbound traffic as a safety precaution.

By then, more help arrived from the Marion County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police.  Meanwhile the suspect, still refusing to stop, changed directions on the highway and headed eastbound.  As authorities attempted to block him, the suspect put the truck in reverse and then forward again. At some point, police say, the suspect rammed a Stayton patrol car.

Marion County deputies finally managed to stop the suspect's vehicle near Shaw Highway. Still, the suspect refused to comply with orders to come out.  A short standoff ensued, and deputies wound up tasing the suspect before taking him into custody.

The suspect, who was later identified as James Outlaw, was taken to a Salem hospital to be evaluated.

Outlaw is facing a long list of charges including DUII, possession of meth, hit and run, attempted assault on an officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and reckless endangerment.

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