Police still seeking whereabouts of car chase suspect

Local law enforcement is on the lookout for Florence resident Jerry Joseph Strosnider, a 39-year-old who alluded multiple law enforcement departments after a car chase over the weekend.

The incident began Saturday morning when the Florence Police Department (FPD) received a request for assistance from the Lane County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) and the Oregon State Police (OSP). Strosnider, who was a suspect in a domestic violence assault case, failed to yield to authorities while east of Florence and began driving his vehicle at a “very high rate of speed,” according to the FPD.

Florence police set up spike strips on Highway 126, east of North Fork Road, which successfully spiked the vehicle’s tires. Strosnider was able to keep driving, however, and reached Florence, where he abandoned his vehicle on Eighth Street near Highway 101, fleeing on foot. The area was closed off as a K-9 officer with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist, but officers were unable to locate the Strongsider.

FPD requests that if a citizen is aware of Strosnider’s location or observes him, that they should not initiate contact with the suspect. Instead, call FPD at 541-997-3515 as soon as possible.

Strosnider has been arrested before in Los Angeles county for a non-specified felony and was arrested in 2017 by the FPD for “Felon in Possession of a Weapon,” another felony, and “Carry Concealed/Possession of a Firearm), a misdemeanor.

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