Man who fled SH incident arrested in tree in Lebanon

A  man who had gotten into trouble on North River Drive earlier in the day was arrested Tuesday afternoon, June 15, after he fled Sheriff’s deputies off Rock Hill Road, south of Lebanon, and climbed into a tree, Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon said.

Yon said that, on Tuesday, June 15, at 2:18 p.m., deputies performed a traffic stop on Rock Hill Road, south of Lebanon involving Nicholas Ames, 31, of Jefferson.

Earlier in the day, according to Sheriff’s logs, Ames was trespassed by a deputy from a property in the 42400 block of North River Drive. He reportedly fled the area in a green Mustang.

“Throughout the day deputies watched for Ames during their regular patrols, eventually locating him south of Lebanon,” Yon said.

During the traffic stop, he said, Ames stopped the vehicle and quickly ran through a farm field and into a grove of trees. Multiple agencies responded to assist in searching for Ames. After three hours and a search using drones and an Albany Police Department canine team, Ames was located high in a tree.

At first, Ames refused to come down but a deputy on scene who is trained in crisis negotiations was able to talk him into cooperating and he was taken into custody, Yon said.

Yon said deputies have responded to multiple calls within the last few days where Ames was a suspect in assaulting people, violating restraining orders, and causing other disturbances. He was transported to the Linn County Jail, where he was lodged on multiple charges for violating a restraining order, reckless driving, eluding on foot, eluding in a vehicle and violations of his release agreements from prior arrests.

Yon said Ames was involved in a similar incident in March when he attempted to evade deputies by driving through a farm field after being suspected of theft. At that time, Ames was uncooperative and ignored instructions, acting as if he had a firearm, Yon said. He was ultimately taken into custody after a lengthy negotiation.

Linn County Deputies were assisted by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, Albany Police Department, Lebanon Police Department and the Lebanon Fire Department.