- Associated Press - Monday, June 20, 2016

LYONS, Ore. (AP) - Marion County authorities arrested a theft suspect who jumped from a bridge to avoid deputies.

The sheriff’s office says an alarm sounded Sunday, alerting the victims that someone was stealing from their vehicle at a park. The victims and the suspect then got into a car chase toward Lyons, with the suspect firing multiple rounds at his pursuers.

The bullets missed, but persuaded the victims to stop.

A deputy picked up the chase, and spike strips eventually stopped the suspect’s car.

The man then dropped 30 feet from a bridge into the Santiam River. He floated downriver before swimming to shore and running into the woods. Police dogs and a SWAT team arrived.

The suspect - Forrest Frost of Lyons - surrendered at 1 a.m. Monday, nearly six hours after the alarm sounded.

He’s charged with theft, robbery, unlawful entry in motor vehicle, unlawful use of a weapon, attempting to elude police and menacing.


This story has been corrected to show responding sheriff’s office was Marion County.

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