Two girls who were listed as missing and endangered are safe after Lincoln City Police took their father into custody after a brief chase Monday, Sept. 13.
Police responded to Lincoln City Plaza 10 p.m. Monday to investigate suspicious activity in the parking lot. Witnesses said a man was walking around a vehicle and hitting it with a baseball bat. Officers arrived and tried to speak to the man, but he locked himself in his car. Police identified the man as 36-year-old Samuel Levi Jemmett, of Oregon City.
According to police, Jemmett was argumentative and remained in his locked vehicle. The responding officers also noticed two young girls in the car, who were determined to be nine and seven. The girls were listed as missing and endangered. Further investigation revealed the girls were possibly taken unlawfully a month prior.
Officers attempted to negotiate with Jemmett, trying to get him to release the girls. Refusing to cooperate, Jemmett started the car and fled the scene. The car hit spike strips police had placed in the event Jemmett tried to run with the juveniles. Jemmett made it to Highway 101 heading north with units in hot pursuit. Having lost both rear tires to the spike strip, Jemmett continued to try eluding police. A Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy pulled in front of the car and Jemmett rammed into the cruiser twice before coming to a stop just north of NE West Devils Lake Road.
Jemmett refused to exit the vehicle so officers Tasered him and pulled him from the vehicle. The two children were taken into protective custody and then on to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital for medical evaluation. The pair was later turned over to the Department of Human Services.
Upon searching Jemmett’s vehicle, multiple syringes and a loaded handgun were found.
Jemmett was transported to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital for medical evaluation and treatment of minor injuries. He was then transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he faces custodial interference, endangering the welfare of a minor, reckless endangering, attempt to elude police, felon in possession of a firearm, resisting arrest, attempted assault of a police officer and interfering with police.
Police say the investigation is ongoing and additional charges might be filed.
From the LCPD news release:
The Lincoln City Police Department with like to express our thanks and appreciation to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, North Lincoln Fire & Rescue and Pacific West Ambulance for their assistance with this incident. We are grateful no serious injuries occurred during the incident.