Couple’s custody battle at root of high-speed chase

Michael Thomas came to pick up his children in Grants Pass with valid court order from California

Scene of one of the crashes following a high-speed chase through Grants Pass on July 19, 2014. (Photo courtesy of the "Grants Pass Daily Courier")
Scene of one of the crashes following a high-speed chase through Grants Pass on July 19, 2014. (Photo courtesy of the "Grants Pass Daily Courier")

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A mother is in jail and her three children are back with their father after police say the couple’s custody battle devolved into a high-speed chase through the streets of Grant Pass on Saturday.

The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety said Michael Thomas was in the area of Gilbert Creek Park to pick up his children with a valid court order from Humboldt County in California. His wife, 21-year-old Brandy Thomas, pursued her husband and children in her vehicle, repeatedly ramming the back of her husband’s vehicle.

Brandy Thomas (Josephine County Sheriff's Office)
Brandy Thomas (Josephine County Sheriff’s Office)

Authorities said near the end of the high speed chase that took the couple on numerous public roadways, Brandy attempted to ram her husband off the road but ended up crashing into a power pole.

The impact of the crash broke the pole in two places, causing the power lines to fall into Northwest Highland Avenue. Residents in the northwest part of town were without power for several hours, police said.

After the crash, Michael attempted to escape and also ended up crashing.

Officials said no one was seriously injured in either crash.

Brandy was arrested on charges of attempted assault, reckless endangering and a number of other offenses. She was lodged in the Josephine County Jail.

 

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