A Siletz man, wanted on multiple warrants, fled from Lincoln City police Tuesday, first in his vehicle and then on foot, ultimately leading to two K9s finding him hiding behind a hotel.
According to police, Todd Wesley Ramsey, 46, was pulled over in a Toyota Previa van for a traffic violation at 7:57 p.m. The officer recognized Ramsey from previous contacts and went back to his patrol vehicle to wait for backup. Ramsey sped away, leading police on a chase down NW 13th Street. Ramsey lost control at NW 15th and Harbor, hitting the sidewalk and blowing both passenger-side tires. He continued to drive for another block but then slowed to a stop and took off on foot, headed behind the Coho Inn.
Three passengers in the van were detained by police, but later released after being checked for minor injuries.
Lincoln County Sheriff deputies arrived to assist in finding Ramsey, with Molly Sears and K9 Nato and Derick Smith and K9 Nix being called in by LCPD. The pair of K9 units were able to locate Ramsey based on tips from citizens. Ramsey gave up once bitten by K9 Nix and was taken into custody.
Ramsey was taken to the hospital for injuries sustained from falling down an embankment as well as the K9 bite. Upon his release from the hospital, Ramsey was taken to the Lincoln County Jail and is charged with felony attempt to elude in a vehicle, attempt to elude on foot, reckless driving, reckless endangering, third-degree assault and felony failure to perform the duties of a driver. These new charges are in addition to the outstanding warrants for failure to appear on burglary and drug charges out of Yamhill County, failure to appear on unauthorized use of a motor vehicle out of Lincoln County and a DUII from Benton County.
Ramsey’s bail is set at $350,000.