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Ore. stabbing suspect crashes patrol car, arrested for attempted murder

A Clackamas County, Ore., sheriff's patrol car after it was crashed by a female suspect in a stabbing, early Friday, March 15, 2013.
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, via KOIN
(CBS/AP) MOLALLA, Ore. - The Clackamas County sheriff's office in northwest Oregon says a stabbing suspect fled early Friday by speeding off in a stolen patrol car.

After deputies responded about 1 a.m. to the stabbing, they noticed a patrol car speeding away with no lights on.

A pursuit ended when the suspect lost control and crashed near Molalla, about 30 miles south of Portland. Deputies said they arrested the driver, 25-year-old Tara Axmaker of Clackamas, on attempted murder and other charges.

She was not injured in the crash, they said.

The stabbing victim was identified as 33-year-old Matthew Savage of Beaver Creek. He was hospitalized in fair condition.

The sheriff's office said amphetamine played what it calls a significant role in the stabbing attack.

  • Barry Leibowitz

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