On January 14th, 2016 at approximately 2:32 PM a Toledo Police Officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a gold 1999 Ford Escort after observing several traffic violations. The driver of the vehicle, James Clinton Willey, failed to yield to the Officers emergency lights and sirens and led the Officer on a several-mile pursuit with speeds reaching upwards of 90 MPH.
The pursuit ended on Sams Creek Road where the Officer lost sight of the vehicle and had to discontinue the pursuit due to hazardous road conditions and unsafe driving.
Within a few minutes of discontinuing the pursuit, with the help of two citizen reports, the Officers determined Mr. Willey had turned onto Twin Bridges Drive where he was likely hiding out. The Officers staged at the entrance of Twin Bridges Drive while preparing to locate Mr. Willey when they observed Mr. Willey attempting to leave the area as a passenger in a separate vehicle.
Mr. Willey was contacted in that vehicle and eventually taken into custody by the Toledo Police Department with the assistance of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Police. Mr. Willey was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine. Mr. Willey’s vehicle was located parked nearby, partially concealed with a tarp.
Mr. Willey was transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he was lodged for Attempt to Elude-Felony, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.
Mr. Willey’s Lincoln County Jail booking photo;