Californian arrested after daylong chase through Southern Oregon

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A Californian whose body armor raised the suspicion of an Oregon state trooper led officers on a daylong chase and search in Southern Oregon.

Oregon State Police troopers say an officer stopped 27-year-old Michael Aaron Jayne of Redding on Interstate 5 near Ashland early Thursday, noting the body armor.

But, they say, Jayne fled, driving east through the mountains toward Klamath Falls.

Later Thursday morning, troopers say, they spotted Jayne's vehicle again and gave chase.

This time, they say, he twice tried to ram a cruiser at speeds of more than 70 mph before ditching the vehicle and taking off through the woods.

Dogs from Klamath County and a helicopter from Jackson County were enlisted in the search, to no avail.

Near nightfall, troopers say, they came upon Jayne walking along Oregon 66. Troopers described him as "bloody, muddy, and wet" as he was taken into custody.

He was jailed on attempted murder and other charges, including wearing the body armor, which troopers say is unlawful for a felon.

Troopers say he's wanted on a California warrant for intimidating a witness. Officers say they didn't discover a weapon after the chase and haven't determined why Jayne wore the protective equipment.

— Associated Press

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