Bryce Willhite, age 32 and of the Klamath Falls area, was arrested Wednesday evening, March 13, after stealing a pickup and attempting to elude Sheriff’s deputies.
A construction worker flagged down a deputy near Altamont Drive and Anderson Avenue and reported that a male, driving a late model white Ford F150, was acting strangely. At approximately the same time, Klamath 911 received a call reporting the same pickup as stolen from an address on Bisbee Avenue. The caller said a physical altercation occurred between Willhite and the owner of the pickup prior to it being hot-wired and driven away. The owner attempted to stop Willhite from taking the pickup and was drug a short distance.
Deputies attempted a traffic stop on the pickup but it sped away on Anderson Avenue and onto Washburn Way; the pursuit was terminated for public safety reasons. Another deputy in the area located the pickup behind a vacant building at Washburn Way and South 6th Street and again attempted a traffic stop. Willhite drove across the OC&E Trail to Avalon and Boardman Avenues and crashed into a power pole and ditch on Boardman Avenue. Willhite ran from the vehicle before being apprehended by deputies in a nearby backyard. He was lodged in the Klamath County Jail.
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Arrestee: Willhite, Bryce L.
Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle
Attempt to Elude x 2
Criminal Mischief I