Brooking man arrested after police chase

By Jane Stebbins, Pilot staff writer November 13, 2012 10:10 pm

Brett Andrew Carpenter of Brookings was arrested Monday after a high-speed chase that started just north of the Oregon-California border and ended in a rollover crash 10 miles up Winchuck River Road late Sunday night.

And the following morning he was identified and charged with burglary, first degree theft and criminal mischief after a mid-day crime spree, as well.

According to Oregon State Police reports, the 31-year-old man was driving his 2001 Dodge pickup at 65 mph near in a 35 mph zone around milepost 358 late Sunday night when troopers tried to stop him. The driver failed to yield and, reaching speeds of up to 80 mph, he turned east onto Winchuck River Road.

About 10 miles east of the highway, Carpenter lost control after turning onto a gravel U.S. Forest Service 1106 Road and the pickup rolled over into an embankment.

Carpenter wasn’t injured and was taken into custody at 11:16 p.m. He was lodged in the Curry County Jail for felony attempt to elude and reckless driving. He was also cited for driving under a suspended license.

Eight Harbor Fire and Rescue volunteers responded to the call, helping three Winchuck Fire firefighters extinguish a small, smoldering fire in the engine compartment, said Harbor Fire and Rescue Chief John Brazil.There was little risk of the fire spreading into the nearby forest.

“Everything’s wet, but you don’t know about the underbrush,” Brazil said. “And you don’t know about fuel leaking. Things could get hot enough to start a larger fire. That’s what we tried to protect against.”

Curry County Sheriff’s officers and the Brookings Police Department assisted in the incident.

The next day, Brookings police officers were sent to Carpenter Auto Center in Brookings for a report of a burglary and stolen vehicle. The vehicle was located nearby with the stolen property inside it. Several items reported stolen in that burglary were also found in Carpenter’s vehicle.

The police were later sent to Curry Public Transit for a report of stolen gas that was also linked to Carpenter.