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CHARLESTON — A Coos Bay man was arrested Thursday after trying to hit a Coos County Sheriff’s Office deputy’s patrol vehicle and crashing in Charleston.

William Anthony Postlethwait, 35, was charged with felon in possession of firearms, two counts of reckless endangering, unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful use of a vehicle, unlawful entry into motor vehicle, driving while suspended and theft 1.

The Sheriff’s office received a report of a stolen red pickup truck around 8:41 p.m., when deputies in the Charleston area spotted it.

The first deputy reported Postlethwait was driving around 60 miles per hour.

The second deputy had to abruptly maneuver his vehicle to avoid being hit by the truck. As the truck passed by, the deputy heard “three loud noises which sounded similar to gunfire.”

Postlethwait drove erratically into the parking lot of Englund Marine and Herbal Choices, jumping the curb and crashing into some brush.

After being checked by medical personnel, Postlethwait was taken to the Coos County jail where he’s currently being held on $130,000 bail.

When the deputies searched the truck they located a .45 caliber pistol with the slide locked back and an empty magazine. This pistol had been previously reported stolen in Coos Bay.

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