A Douglas County man has been arrested after stealing a vehicle and leading deputies on a vehicle pursuit.
On Friday, August 26, 2022, at approximately 6:30 am, 9-1-1 dispatchers received a report of a vehicle that had just been stolen from the S-Mart (8843 Old Highway 99N in Wilbur) while the owner was inside of the store. The vehicle, a 2007 Toyota Scion, was observed leaving westbound on Oak Hill Road.
Law enforcement officers began combing the area in an attempt to locate the stolen vehicle. At approximately 7:22 am, a deputy spotted the vehicle traveling on Highway 38 near milepost 5 and initiated a traffic stop. The driver failed to pull over and accelerated in an attempt to elude.
Another deputy was able to successfully deploy spike strips on the fleeing vehicle, causing at least one of the tires to deflate.
The driver continued northbound onto Highway 101, still attempting to elude law enforcement for a short distance before crashing the vehicle. Deputies extinguished a small fire, but the driver, 22-year-old Isiah T. Arrant of Oakland, was trapped inside the vehicle. EMS and fire personnel were dispatched to the scene to extricate Arrant from the vehicle. He was transported to Lower Umpqua Hospital where he was assessed for injuries, which were determined to be minor.
Arrant was taken into custody and lodged at the Douglas County Jail on the following charges:
- Attempt to Elude Police – Vehicle
- Reckless Driving
- Reckless Endangering
- Resisting Arrest
- Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
- Possession of a Stolen Vehicle
- Probation Violation
No additional information was provided by authorities at this time.