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Police: Trail man fled deputy, had explosive device in vehicle

A Trail man was arrested on numerous charges Thursday night after plowing into a bank of mailboxes north of Shady Cove while fleeing from police with an improvised explosive device in his car, authorities allege.

Robert Phillip Tallman, 30, was driving a blue 1995 Pontiac Firebird with no license plate on Meadow Lane near Highway 62 when a Jackson County sheriff's deputy tried to pull him over at about 10:20 p.m., according to a sheriff's office release.

Tallman fled for a short distance before crashing into a bank of mailboxes, the release said. He got out of the car and ran away, dropping a loaded handgun on the ground, according to the release.

Deputies caught up to him near a residence and took him into custody, the release said. A female passenger fled the vehicle and was not identified, it said.

Police found an improvised explosive device in the car and called in the Oregon State Police Bomb Squad to recover the device, the release said.

Deputies lodged Tallman in the Jackson County Jail on charges of attempting to elude police in a vehicle; attempting to elude police on foot; reckless driving; failure to perform the duties of a driver when property is damaged; driving while suspended or revoked; interfering with a peace officer; felon in possession of a weapon; possession of a destructive device; unlawful possession of methamphetamine; and driving under the influence of intoxicants (drugs). He also was lodged on a warrant for parole violation for a previous conviction of assault in the third degree.

The sheriff's release said Tallman was identified as a suspect in an incident that occurred on Sept. 27 in the same area; more information on that case was not immediately available.

Robert Tallman