COOS COUNTY — A sheriff's deputy sustained injuries during an arrest over the weekend.
On Sept. 16, a deputy from the Coos County Sheriff's Office was flagged down in the Boat Basin area of Charleston by employees with the Charleston Sanitary District. The unnamed deputy was informed that a vehicle belonging to the district had just been stolen, according to a press release from the Sheriff's Department on Monday.
“The deputy saw the reported stolen vehicle, a box style van, just ahead of him,” the release stated.
The van led him on a slow speed pursuit to the end of Shore Edge Road, behind Huckleberry Hill Trailer Park.
“The deputy was beginning the apprehension process when the box van reversed and rammed into the front of the patrol vehicle,” the release read. “The deputy sustained minor injuries from this collision.”
The suspect fled on foot.
The deputy was taken by ambulance to Bay Area Hospital, where he was treated and released.
In the meantime, police units responded to the call for assistance from Myrtle Point to a K-9 and his handler from Coos Bay Police.
“After searching, police were notified by a nearby resident that a firearm had been stolen from a bedroom,” the release said. “The resident said someone had taken a revolver from a bedside table and left a gallon of milk in an odd place.”
Law enforcement searched the residence and found Daniel D. Farnum, 30, hiding in a back room. Farnum refused to cooperate and K-9 DAK bit him during the apprehension process.
“After being taken into custody, Farnum was found to be in possession of the stolen firearm on his person, as well as some money, credit cards and personal documents that had been in the home,” the release read.
Farnum was arrested and charged with Burglary 1, Theft 1, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and two counts of Identity Theft prior to being lodged at the Coos County Jail.
Farnum is now being held on a $390,000 bail.
Officers involved in the search came from the Coos Bay Police Department, Myrtle Point Police, Bandon Police and Oregon State Police.
“As this is was an officer involved crash where criminal charges may be filed against Mr. Farnum, the Coos County Crash Team was activated,” the release stated. “This multi agency team is used for coordination of crash investigations where certain aspects are in play. The Oregon State Police, in conjunction with the District Attorney, is in charge of this investigation regarding the pursuit and collision.”
Coos County deputies are the investigating officers on the burglary and apprehension of Mr. Farnum at the Huckleberry Hill trailer park, as well as the original burglary of the Charleston Sanitary District office and the theft of their vehicle.