Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reports last night at 5:43 p.m., his deputies responded to a motor vehicle crash on Lyons-Mill City Drive, east of Lyons.  Deputies found a vehicle had crashed into a tree.

A female passenger had been transported by medics to Santiam Hospital for a serious injury. Deputies learned the operator, Hunter Crawford, 19, from Aumsville, had taken his grandparents’ vehicle without permission.

Deputies conducted a DUII investigation and found Crawford impaired.  Deputies transported Crawford to the Stayton Police Department for further investigation.  Crawford attempted to escape from the deputies after exiting the patrol vehicle, but he was stopped. The investigation showed he was under the influence of Cannabis and a depressant. He also damaged the deputies’ police vehicle while being transported.

Crawford was taken to Linn County Jail where he was lodged.  He was charged for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, Assault III, Attempted Escape III, Criminal Mischief II, Possession of a Burglary Tool or Theft Device and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.

Deputies were assisted by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Stayton Police Department and Lyons Fire Department.