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Convicted felon Joshua Mathes leads authorities on high speed chase on Juniper Canyon Road

CROOK COUNTY JAIL - Joshua MathesA Clackamas County man was arrested in Prineville Tuesday afternoon and is facing numerous criminal charges after fleeing authorities by vehicle and on foot.

According to a Crook County Sheriff's Office report, on Nov. 10, just before 2 p.m., a sergeant from the Crook County Sheriff's Office saw two suspicious vehicles, a dark green 90s model Ford Mustang and a white 2006 Ford F350 truck traveling northbound on Southeast Juniper Canyon Road, exhibiting indications of criminal behavior.

The Ford Mustang was occupied by a white female, later identified as 42-year-old Jodi Jennings of Clackamas County. The Ford 350 was occupied by 37-year-old Joshua Mathes, also of Clackamas County.

The two vehicles quickly turned behind a business. The sergeant determined that the Texas license plate displayed on the Ford F350 belonged to a 2013 VW sedan. The Mustang had no license plates/temporary registration visible. The sergeant attempted to make contact with both vehicles behind the business, but the truck immediately fled at a high rate of speed northbound on Juniper Canyon Road toward Prineville. The sergeant made contact with Jennings, ordered her to remain at the scene and subsequently attempted to stop the Ford truck driven by Mathes.

Mathes attempted to flee in his vehicle, traveling at speeds of approximately 80-90 miles per hour as he drove toward Prineville. Multiple other law enforcement units from the Crook County Sheriff's Office and Prineville Police Department responded to assist.

As Mathes neared the intersection of Juniper Canyon Road and Paulina Highway, he intentionally left the roadway and began driving through multiple farm/ranch properties as he continued his efforts to escape. He damaged multiple fences and attempted to drive his truck up a large butte southeast of Prineville, but his truck became disabled and he fled on foot. He was quickly located and was taken into custody after a brief struggle.

The Ford truck was later determined to be stolen out of Portland. Mathes, a convicted felon, was in possession of three firearms (two of which were reported stolen), a significant amount of ammunition, a large amount of cash, methamphetamine and stolen tools. He was booked in the Crook County Jail on multiple charges. They include attempt to elude in a vehicle, reckless driving, reckless endangering and attempt to elude on foot as well as multiple counts of failure to perform the duties of a driver, second-degree criminal mischief, criminal trespass with a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm and first-degree theft. Additional charges include unlawful possession of methamphetamine, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, driving while suspended-misdemeanor and interfering with a peace officer. Mathes was also charged with a probation violation out of Clackamas County.

His bail is currently set at $270,000.

Despite attempts, Jennings and the dark green Ford Mustang have not been located. Any persons with information related to Mathes or Jennings are encouraged to contact the Crook County Sheriff's Office or Crime Stoppers of Oregon. There is no danger to the community at this time.

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