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Police seek Sweet Home driver after chase, collision with patrol car


April 11, 2018

This Sweet Home Police patrol car sustained damage in the pursuit of Ryan Rikala's vehicle, police say.

Sweet Home police are seeking a 31-year-old Sweet Home man in connection to a high-speed pursuit early and crash into a patrol car on April 3 and for outstanding warrants.

Officer Gerrit Southard initiated a traffic stop on a Ford Ranger at 1:38 a.m. on Elm Street near 14th Avenue, said Sgt. Jason Van Eck.

The driver, Ryan Rikala of Sweet Home, identified himself by name and date of birth, Van Eck said. The vehicle was registered to Rikala's parents.

After stopping, Rikala asked the officer if he could pull off at the park, Van Eck said, but Southard asked him to shut off the engine. The...

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