Contact Us

Investigation Begins Into Why a Montana Fugitive Was Purposely Hit by Oregon Police Car

wallace
Photo courtesy of Oregon State Police

One Montana fugitive committed suicide, while another was purposely hit by a patrol car when a Butte robbery came to its tragic conclusion in Lincoln county, Oregon. Now, Oregon officials are investigating exactly what happened to fugitive Dale Edward Wallace.

Video and Audio of Original Coverage

“There’s an ongoing investigation that involves multiple agencies that form the Lincoln County major crimes team,” said Oregon State Police Public Information Officer Gregg Hastings. “That is being coordinated with the Lincoln County DA’s office. They’re looking into the events surrounding the January 3 incident in which a 30-year old Montana man named Dale Edward Wallace was seriously injured when he was struck by an OSP marked patrol unit.”

Though Hastings said there wasn’t a particular time line, a press release by Oregon Police sent out on January 8 asks for “any witnesses to the events that occurred on January 3rd to please contact Newport Police Department’s recorded tip line at (541) 574-5455 and leave a message with contact information.” The same press release also says investigators will research those witness testimonies in the “next several days.”

Wallace was wanted for tying up a 70-plus year-old shop keeper at a Cards and Coins store in Butte and stealing money and weapons along with his accomplice 30-year-old  Sarah Jo Johnson. Johnson reportedly committed suicide about five hours after Wallace was struck by police.

“Mr. Wallace fled a vehicle on foot, allegedly pointed a firearm at officers at which time the trooper who was arriving in the area struck Mr. Wallace with his patrol car,” said Hastings, describing the timeline of events. “Mr. Wallace was transported to a hospital in the Portland area, he was being treated for serious injuries. Then on January 7, the hospital was able to release him following his treatment and he was immediately taken into custody by Oregon State Police as a fugitive from justice on a warrant out of Montana.”

After release from the Oregon Health & Science University, Wallace was placed in the Multnomah County Justice Center as a Fugitive from Justice.

Hastings could not say whether the vehicle hit Wallace from the back or the front for medical privacy reasons.

Gregg Hastings:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

 

More from AM 1450

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://kmmsam.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on AM 1450 KMMS quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on AM 1450 KMMS quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!