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Carjack Chase

Posted on 29th October 2010 at 08:11

Two men are under arrest after a car prowl, high-speed chase and attempted carjacking, an incident that started in Longview and ended in Woodland. Around 2:20 pm, a 911 call came in about an attempted car prowl in the are of 12th and Hudson. The suspect jumped into a nearby car and sped off. A short time later, a Sheriff’s Deputy spotted the suspect running a red light at Industrial Way and California Way. The pursuit started at that time, exceeding 100 miles an hour as they headed east on Tennant Way. The chase then went onto Old Highway 99, traveling at 70 miles an hour past Carrolls School. The suspects continued south, going onto I-5 at Kalama River Road. Deputies continued to check the area, then just before 3 pm, a report came in from Woodland, where witnesses said that two men were trying to steal a car from the Jehovah Witness Church parking lot. Deputies responded to the scene and tried to stop the suspects, who took off in the stolen car, crashing it into a ditch. The suspects then jumped back into their original car and tried to take off again. Another brief car chase ensued, ending when the suspect collided head-on with another car at Goerig Road and Atlantic. The driver of the car that was hit was seriously injured, eventually taken to the hospital with a broken arm and neck injuries. The driver of the stolen car was identified at Jeffrey R. Christie, 25; he allegedly got out, ran, and tried to steal another car that was driving by, but the driver fended him off. Deputies eventually Tased Christie to get him into custody. The other man, Bob Baumgarten, 52, was arrested without further incident. Both men were treated at St. John Medical Center, then were booked for felony eluding, car theft, possession of stolen property and attempted carjacking. Initial bail has been set at $150,000. Other charges are possible.