By Nicholas Grube
Triplicate staff writer
A day after a Crescent City man wanted for attempted murder led law enforcement on a high speed chase through Crescent City, Del Norte County Sheriff's Office arrested him.
On Wednesday, sheriff's deputies arrested Donald Kevin Webb Jr. for a parole violation warrant that was issued in January. The 24-year-old Webb was wanted by Oregon State Police for the attempted murder of one of their officers and wanton disregard for safety.
"He was telling people that cops could never catch him," Sheriffs Office Sgt. Steve Morris said. "That kind of made him a little more interesting to us."
On Jan. 1, Webb Jr. is the alleged driver of a Ford Taurus that was stolen from Two Guys in Crescent City and used to violently ram into an Oregon state trooper's patrol car multiple during a high-speed car chase near Canyonville, Ore., Webb Jr. was attempting to push the trooper off the road, according to police reports.
"That's an attempted murder," Morris said.
Del Norte sheriff's deputies began looking for Webb Jr. on March 7, and finally arrested him Wednesday without incident.
In addition to the potential charges he will face in Oregon, Webb Jr. will be charged locally for evading a peace officer, reckless driving, speeding, running stop signs and driving with a suspended license for his part in Tuesday's car chase. Webb Jr. also was arrested with a methamphetamine pipe and tobacco wrapped in a condom.
"He looked like he was preparing himself to get caught," Morris said of the tobacco-stuffed condom, adding that Webb Jr. likely would have put the tobacco in his anal cavity to smuggle it into jail. "We've caught several people doing that lately," Morris said.
In addition to arresting Webb Jr., the sheriff's deputies arrested 12 other people during their search for the young fugitive.
"It was while we were looking for him ... running down leads," Morris said. "We went to a lot of places."
While at these places deputies encountered children living in the proximity of illegal drugs one of which tested positive for having methamphetamine in their system.
In total, six children were taken into protective custody and handed over to Del Norte Child Protective Services.
"The children are being exposed to this because the environ they're living in is so bad," Morris said of the presence of drugs. "Even if they're not in the same room, they can be exposed to this when they enter the room."