Man rescued from badger hole after fleeing police

It took police 90 minutes to dig him out and arrest him

An Oregon man who evaded police for hours was captured after he fell into a large badger hole. (OSP)
An Oregon man who evaded police for hours was captured after he fell into a large badger hole. (OSP)

ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) – An Oregon man who evaded police for hours was captured after he fell into a large badger hole.

State police Capt. Bill Fugate (few-gate) says two men and a dog went onto U.S. Bureau of Land Management land after fleeing from a traffic stop in Ontario. One suspect was later found on foot.

Police eventually saw the vehicle in a ravine. Tracks were followed for more than a mile before the dog was spotted.

As police approached, the dog fled into the badger hole and would not come out. After getting the dog out, police heard the suspect screaming. Fugate says Gregory Morrow was stuck 8 feet underground and could not move.

It took police 90 minutes to dig him out and arrest him.

Fugate says Morrow would have likely died from exposure if police had not come along.