Driver arrested after car chase

Linn County deputies arrested one man following a pursuit that exceeded 100 mph Saturday night.

Deputies arrested David Clinton Fox, 43, at around 10 p.m. for attempting to elude, reckless driving, recklessly endangering another and warrants for past attempts to elude, possession of methamphetamine, manufacturing meth and possession of precursor substances.

The Sheriff’s Office had information that Fox was in the Sweet Home area in a tan Honda, and the vehcle was spotted by Deputy John Lovik and Sgt. Shawn Fielders, who tried to stop it.

The pursuit began near Pleasant Valley and Highway 20 and proceeded along North River Road to Quartzville and then west on Highway 20 back toward Pleasant Valley. Sweet Home Police Department assisted in the pursuit.

Fox allegedly attempted to flee on foot and fell into a small crevasse in the rocks near the Pleasant Valley Boat Ramp, said Linn County Sgt. Art Sprague. When Fox fell, he sustained minor injuries but refused transport to the hospital to have them checked.

During the chase, Fox allegedly drove past stop signs, drove on the wrong side of the roadway and reached a top speed of 100 mph, Sprague said.

He reportedly reached 80 mph inside the city of Sweet Home.

Fox has a lengthy history of law enforcement contacts and has been in the criminal justice system for more than 20 years, Sprague said.