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Man swipes motorcycle from its owner at gas station

Suspect arrested near Gervais after a leading police on high-speed chase and crashing


by: PHOTO: MARION COUNTY JAIL - Trevor Hoffman, 28, faces several felony charges after allegedly stealing a motorcycle in Wilsonville Wednesday and leading police on a high speed chase into Marion County. A man arrested in rural Marion County Wednesday after stealing a motorcycle from a Wilsonville service station and leading police on a high-speed chase was found to be in possession of heroin, police said.

According to Oregon State Police and the Wilsonville Police Department, Jared Hoffman, 28, no address given, was arrested about 1:45 p.m. by OSP troopers and Woodburn officers on the side of the road along Highway 99E near Gervais after attempting to elude pursuing patrol vehicles. He was only stopped, police said, after running into the back of a pickup truck that had slowed for pursuing officers.

Hoffman now faces multiple charges including felony attempting to elude police, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, possession of a controlled substance - heroin, driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving. He is being held in the Marion County Jail with bail set at $50,000.

According to Wilsonville Police, Hoffman allegedly stole a 2005 Kawasaki motorcycle from the Chevron service station on Southwest 95th Avenue in Wilsonville before fleeing south on Interstate 5 at a high rate of speed.

According to police, the owner of the motorcycle was approached by Hoffman at the gas station who struck up a conversation about his customized 2005 Kawasaki motorcycle and told the victim he liked his bike.

by: PHOTO COURTESY OREGON STATE POLICE - This is a still image from a surveillance camera at the Wilsonville Chevron showing the suspect leaving the scene on a stolen motorcycle.They moved in front of the business where they continued to talk. Hoffman then reportedly asked if he could sit on the motorcycle. The owner obliged, and Hoffman used the opportunity to drive off on the motorcycle.

Wilsonville police received the first report of a stolen motorcycle at 1:19 p.m. Just three minutes later OSP dispatch received a driving complaint about a reckless motorcycle headed south on Interstate 5 near Aurora. The description of the motorcycle matched the stolen bike.

At the same time, OSP troopers were headed north from Salem to find the stolen motorcycle. Less than 20 minutes later, Woodburn police and state troopers spotted the bike just off Interstate 5 near Highway 214 in Woodburn. Hoffman managed to elude Woodburn police, however, and headed south on Highway 99E at high speed.

Meanwhile, an OSP Fish and Wildlife trooper was northbound on Highway 99E in Gervais with emergency lights and siren activated. At approximately 1:45 p.m., a southbound pickup pulled toward the shoulder to yield to the oncoming officer. When he did so, the stolen motorcycle crashed into the back of the truck.

Hoffman fell from the bike and was quickly arrested by officers converging on the scene. He was checked for injuries at the scene but none were found that required transport to a hospital, police said.



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