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OSP Looking for Two Motorists Who Fled from Traffic Stops in Josephine County

The Oregon State Police was looking for two motorists who fled from separate weekend traffic stops in Josephine County.

OSP reports the first incident occurred on Friday at 8:38 p.m. when troopers pulled over a Toyota Corolla driven by 44-year-old Nick Jay Trautman near the corner of Merlin Avenue and Pleasant Valley Road.

Troopers said they stopped Trautman for expired registration tags on his car and he showed signs of impairment. They said he fled the scene in his car, they pursued him and found the vehicle had crashed on a side street where he fled on foot. He was positively identified and OSP referred charges of Felony Attempt to Elude Police and Felon in Possession of a Weapon to the District Attorney's Office.

The second incident happened on Saturday at 1:32 a.m. when troopers pulled over a Toyota Sequoia driven by 58-year-old Patrick John Keever near the corner of Hidden Valley Road and Triller Lane.

Troopers said Keever pulled into a driveway and fled on foot. They said he was positively identified, but they were unable to find him. He was wanted on multiple arrest warrants and discovered to be out of compliance with his sex offender registration. Charges are pending the ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Nick Trautman or Patrick Keever is encouraged to dial *OSP.
Posted on 12/19/23 6:17AM by Sam Marsh