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Legal Matters: Police chase ends with suspect in Silverton

An Aumsville man with a pending kidnapping charge was arrested in Silverton Oct. 25 after a high-speed chase that ended with the suspect hiding in a local resident’s basement.

Steele James Davidson, 30, was pursued by police after allegedly contacting the victim of a domestic violence incident for which Davidson was arrested in March.

He is charged with second-degree kidnapping and first-degree burglary for allegedly holding the victim against her will March 10 at her home in Jefferson.

On Oct. 25, the victim was seen with Davidson in his truck in Salem.  Davidson fled when authorities attempted contact, running a red light at Lancaster Drive and Market Street NE. Shortly afterward his truck was found abandoned in a residential area off Burton Place SE. His GPS monitor revealed he was traveling on Cascade Highway north toward Silverton.

A Silverton police officer located the white Honda driven by Davidson and initiated a traffic stop.  Davidson allegedly fled on foot into a residence on the 200 block of West Main Street. His GPS tracker and a police K-9 unit indicated Davidson in a basement. He was taken into custody around 11:15 p.m.

Davidson was booked into the Marion County Jail. As of press time he was held in lieu of $580,000 bail. He was indicted Nov. 2 in Marion County Circuit Court on a charge of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer.

– Stephen Floyd

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