The keen eye of a Jackson County sheriff’s deputy led to the arrest of an attempted murder suspect fleeing down Interstate 5 Sunday evening.
The suspect, driving a white PT Cruiser, was spotted by the deputy about 40 miles north of the Oregon-California border.
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a stabbing at about 7:30 p.m. near the Walton Post Office. The victim, a 42-year-old woman from Florence, received multiple stab wounds. The suspect, identified as 56-year-old David Lucius of Florence, fled the area in a white PT Cruiser headed eastbound on Highway 126.
Lane County alerted law enforcement agencies south of Eugene and into California. A short time later, a Jackson County sheriff’s deputy spotted a PT Cruiser on I-5 that matched the description of the vehicle.
Lucius was taken into custody by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by Oregon State Police and Central Point police, after spike strips were used to disable the vehicle on I-5 just south of where it was first spotted.
Lucius was transported back to Eugene late Sunday night and lodged at the Lane County Jail on charges of attempted murder, assault and strangulation. Police think the victim and suspect knew each other, but details of what led to the stabbing were still being determined.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Detective Dave Silano at 541-682-4312.