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Montana Fugitive Arrested After Being Struck by Oregon State Patrol Car

(Oregon State Patrol)

Arrest brings to an end a Bonnie-and-Clyde type of criminal escapade by two armed suspects.  This story is reminiscent of an older episode of Criminal Minds.

30-year-old Dale Edward Wallace of Butte, Montana, had been sought by authorities in that state, and was located in Lincoln City, OR January 3rd.

He got into a standoff with Oregon State patrol officers and ended up pointing a gun at them and then fled on foot.   He was eventually captured after being struck by a patrol car.  He was admitted to the Oregon Health & Science University Hospital.   After being released Tuesday he was promptly lodged in the Multnomah County jail awaiting extradition to Montana.

He was wanted for his part in an armed robbery of a coin and card store in Butte, MT on December 30th.   His accomplice, Sarah Jo Johnson, fatally shot herself during the altercation in Lincoln City.   After she took her own life,  Wallace attempted to flee on foot at which time he was run over by the police cruiser.

The two suspects had stolen a variety of cars after the armed robbery, and at the time of Johnson’s death and Wallace’s arrest, were driving a stolen 2014 Jeep Compass. His accomplice, Sarah Jo Johnson, who fatally shot herself, is pictured below.

Sarah Jo Johnson
(Montana State Police)

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