Fugitive from Cottage Grove runs out of road in Eastern Oregon

JOHN DAY, Ore. - A wanted man in a stolen pickup drove through a barbed wire fence and up a gravel driveway in Eastern Oregon before state troopers boxed him in Saturday night.

Douglas Gene Williams, 41, of Cottage Grove surrendered to police after running out of room, state police said.

Williams was a long way from home in Grant County, a 6 hour drive from Cottage Grove in Lane County. Williams was wanted on warrants for failing to register as a sex offender and parole and probation violations.

State police were initially interested in the 1992 Toyota pickup Williams was driving on Highway 26 east of John Day Saturday evening around 7:20 p.m.

The rig was reported stolen. When Trooper Erich Timko tried to pull the truck voer, the driver sped off and turned up a gravel driveway.

The truck hit a barbed wire fence and kept going until the driver ran out of road. Troopers boxed him in and took the driver, later identified as Williams, into custody.

In addition to the felony warrants for his arrest, Williams faces charges of attempting to elude police, possession of a stolen vehicle, driving under the influence od drugs, reckless driving and other moving violations.

Troopers also found him in possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.