By Boyd C. Allen

Pilot Staff Writer

According to Oregon State Police Sgt. Dave Aydelotte, two people were arrested after a high speed chase when they crashed into the woods off U.S. 101 and East Freeman Lane.

Police said Aspin Rose Branch, 25, and Brian Lee McMahan, 31, were arrested Tuesday morning near the site of the crash after fleeing police in a stolen, 2002 silver Subaru. They led the California Highway Patrol (CHP) on a chase northbound in California before CHP terminated its pursuit at the California-Oregon border, according to police.

Aydelotte said Branch continued to race north before crashing in Oregon even after CHP terminated its pursuit. Brookings Police were first on scene before OSP arrived.

Branch was arrested for unauthorized use of a vehicle, reckless driving and driving under suspension. She was also held on warrants out of Josephine County.

McMahan fled into the woods but was tracked into the “pucker brush” — thick brush near the Winchuck River — by Brookings Police Officer Zane VanZelf and his K9 partner, according to OSP officials. Police said McMahan was suspected of eating illegal drugs at the scene and was administered Narcan, taken to Curry General Hospital for evaluation and then released to jail. He was held for unauthorized use of a vehicle and identity theft.

Narcan is used to reverse or offset the effects of opioids and stop overdoses.

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