PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two people were arrested after allegedly breaking into a vacant West Slope home and then running from Washington County deputies, one of them on the run for hours.
Police said Cody Benton and Lynsey Picket were found by a homeowner on SW Meadow Lane but as deputies were arriving, the pair fled.
“They came within feet of hitting a deputy as well as patrol cars,” Deputy Jeff Talbot said.
While deputies searched the area, Jesuit High School was briefly asked to be on lockout.
The driver, Picket, was eventually stopped and surrounded on a dead end street. Investigators said they found burglary tools, stolen IDs and credit cards and a mobile meth lab in the car.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said Benton was found hours later after employees at the Bi-Mart on Western Avenue reported that Benton had come into the store through a hatch in the ceiling before running out. He had been hiding on the roof.
“An employee at the Bi-Mart called and reported that a male had came through the roof in to the building and ran out the front doors,” Talbot said. “Ddeputies quickly realized this was the same male they were searching for earlier.”
Police K9s searched for Benton, eventually finding him in a shed on SW Chestnut Avenue.
Benton was arrested on charges of burglary, criminal mischief and criminal trespassing. Picket is charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools, manufacturing methamphetamine, attempt to elude, attempted assault of a public safety officer, identify theft and offensive littering.
“This was a day of persistence,” Talbot said. “It was deputies working together with officers and deputies from other jurisdiction to solve crime.”