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Police chase leads to two arrests in Coos Bay

Anthony Morse (L) and Shane Crousser (R)

Police said they were patrolling Walmart at about 11:15 a.m. when they tried to stop a vehicle with a plate reported stolen out of North Bend, and the vehicle sped off.

Posted: Sep 11, 2019 12:34 PM
Updated: Sep 11, 2019 12:45 PM

COOS BAY, Ore. -- Two people are in the Coos County Jail after a police chase in Coos Bay on Friday.

Police said they were patrolling Walmart at about 11:15 a.m. when they tried to stop a vehicle with a plate reported stolen out of North Bend, and the vehicle sped off.

The officer reportedly chased the vehicle to the area of Madison Street, where the car stopped, and the driver ran off.

Passenger Anthony Morse was arrested at the scene, police said. Morse faces charges of violating his parole and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Police said an officer recognized the driver as Joel Jones.

The vehicle was reported stolen out of Medford on Sept. 3, police said. Two firearms in the vehicle were BB guns but appeared realistic.

Madison Elementary and Sunset Middle School went into lockdown as a precaution.

A police dog led officers to a residence in the area, where officers found a man who had an unrelated outstanding arrest warrant. Shane Crousser was arrested without incident, they said.

Jones was not located at the home.

Oregon State Police, Coos County Sheriff’s Office, Coquille Indian Tribal Police and Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians Tribal Police assisted.

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