Charges await Redding man following wild chase

Attempted murder and other charges are pending against a California man whose raised the suspicion of an Oregon state trooper, then 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 Jayne was wearing body armor.

Jayne then fled the scene, 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.

Jayne remains in the Klamath County Jail pending court action.

He is charged with attempting to elude police by vehicle and foot, two counts of attempted aggravated murder, reckless driving and a felon in possession of body armor.

He had a $1 million warrant out for his arrest from California for allegedly intimidating a witness.

Officers say they didn't discover a weapon after the chase and haven't determined why Jayne wore the protective equipment.

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