KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - An allegedly drunk Klamath Falls driver being pursued by police Tuesday stopped and got out of an SUV with a running chainsaw, threw it to the ground and rushed toward officers, Klamath County sheriff’s deputies said. The man, also reportedly wearing a mask, was arrested after a Taser was deployed.
Deputies responded around 7:15 a.m. to a call of a suspicious person in a blue SUV near Sunset Beach Road and Lakeport Boulevard, said Sgt. Darren Frank.
As deputies headed to that area, the SUV was seen speeding on Crater Lake Parkway, Frank said. Deputies tried to stop it and the driver would not pull over, instead engaging in a short pursuit that involved “reckless and erratic driving,” the sergeant said in a news release.
The driver and sole occupant, identified as Damien Collman, 28, of Klamath Falls, stopped in the traffic lane on South Sixth Street and Washburn Way and was approached by deputies and Klamath Falls police officers, Frank said.
Collman, reportedly wearing a mask and refusing to follow commands, got out of the vehicle “with a running and fully operable chainsaw,” Frank said in a news release.
After throwing the running chainsaw to the ground and rushing toward officers, a Taser was deployed and he was taken into custody.
Collman was booked into the Klamath County Jail, facing charges of DUII, reckless driving, attempt to elude, disorderly conduct, menacing and reckless endangering.