Cottage Grove man wanted after vehicle chase


A Cottage Grove man led deputies on a vehicle chase Wednesday afternoon. 

At 3:40 p.m., a deputy observed a 2000 Black Hyundai Tiburon operated by 39 year-old Cottage Grove resident James Francis Bigelow on Umpqua Highway 99 near Curtain Road. 

According to Douglas County law enforcement, Bigelow took off at a high rate of speed and failed to stop when the deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop for traffic violations.

Bigelow turned onto Upper Smith River Rd. and eventually onto South Fork. After taking several spur roads, Bigelow fled from the vehicle on foot and ran into the brush. He was not located after an extensive search. 

Bigelow is wanted in connection to the incident. Anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts is asked to immediately contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471 or their local law enforcement. 

Cottage Grove Police Department can be reached at 541-942-9145. 

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