CANYON CITY - A high-speed chase from east of John Day into Canyon City ended with recovery of a stolen car and the arrest of a local man last Friday.

The incident began about 5:30 p.m. Feb. 12 as Oregon State Police Trooper Erich Timko was trying to locate a white Dodge Dynasty that had been reported stolen in Prairie City.

Timko was driving on Highway 26 a few miles east of the John Day city limits when the white Dodge blew past him, hitting 84 mph in a 55 mph zone.

Timko activated his lights and gave chase, joined by Sgt. Richard Gray of the John Day Police. The Dodge accelerated away, turning onto Dog Creek Road.

The vehicles continued along the winding road, reaching speeds of more than 70 mph.

Timko radioed a request for a spike strip. Trooper Cody Weaver and Officer Damon Rand set up strips near the cemetery on Marysville Road, with "stop sticks" that deflated all four tires of the Dodge.

The car came to a stop, ending the six-mile chase near East Main Street in Canyon City. Grant County Sheriff's Dep. James Burgett assisted in the stolen vehicle investigation and the arrest of the driver.

Ethan Thomas, 19, of John Day was taken to the Grant County Jail and charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle, first-degree theft, attempting to elude police, reckless driving, failure to carry and present a license and four counts of reckless endangering.

The Dodge had been stolen from Prairie City, police said.

Gray lauded the performance of police in the incident.

"The pursuit ended without any injuries, and all officers involved did an outstanding job," he said.

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