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Family homeless, suspect wanted after Eagle Point crash

Jackson County sheriff’s deputies are searching for a driver who crashed a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado into an Eagle Point mobile home before dawn Sunday. The home’s occupants survived the crash with minor injuries. Photo submitted by Michelle Schmidt

An Eagle Point woman is grateful for her loved ones’ safety, but she has little else after a driver running from police crashed a truck into her manufactured home.

Michelle Schmidt says that her fiancé and his father survived with only minor cuts and bruises after a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado pickup crashed into their home before dawn Sunday near the intersection of Stevens Road and Idlewood Drive.

The truck struck the bedroom of her fiancé’s father shortly after 4 a.m., according to Jackson County Sheriff’s Office reports. The impact threw the man out of his bed and across the bedroom, but he didn’t suffer any broken bones.

“There was an angel over my father-in-law,” said Schmidt, adding that the crash knocked the mobile home off its blocks and destroyed “TVs, pictures, everything.”

“We are now homeless without anything,” she said.

Who drove into the home was a question the sheriff’s office was still trying to answer Friday, according to Jackson County Sheriff’s office spokesman Mike Moran.

“We’re still looking,” Moran said. “We definitely want to get a hold of this suspect.”

Sheriff’s deputies said they spotted a dark blue Silverado with Nevada plates at 4:07 a.m. Sunday, when it nearly struck a patrol vehicle on Leigh Road at the Agate Road intersection.

The truck sped away and attempted to elude the deputy by entering Eagle Point city limits, according to a sheriff’s office news release. The truck crashed into the fenced mobile home park, and came to a rest inside Schmidt’s home.

The driver fled the scene on foot through the mobile home park toward Arrowhead Drive. He was described as a white man possibly in his 30s, approximately 6 feet tall, who was last seen wearing a baseball cap, a sweater and jeans.

Schmidt said the truck showed signs of a tampered ignition, and the truck’s registered owner did not match the suspect description.

The sheriff’s office says the man is wanted on felony charges of attempting to elude police in a vehicle, first-degree criminal mischief and hit-and-run to an injured person, along with misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree assault and reckless driving. Anyone who may have information about the crash is asked to call the sheriff’s office through dispatch at 541-776-7206 and reference case No. 21-1983.

As of Thursday, Schmidt’s fiancé was staying with a friend, but Schmidt said she was unsure where they will land next.

The cost to remove the totaled mobile home is $5,000, she said. They’re hoping to find another mobile home and have it delivered for another $7,000. As of Thursday evening, a GoFundMe fundraiser organized by Schmidt had raised $625 of a $15,000 goal.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.