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Gilliam Co. Sheriff Deputy fights with suspect “in the middle” of I-84


A Gilliam Co. Sheriff’s Deputy fought with a suspect for approximately 10 minutes on I-84 after a high-speed chase Wednesday night.

The suspect, Erick Douglas Switzer, was driving in excess of 100 miles an hour and attempted to crash his car into the deputy’s. After a 14 mile chase that crossed into Sherman County, Mr. Switzer crashed his car. The suspect then refused to comply with the Deputy’s commands.

As law enforcement backup was en route, the suspect rushed the deputy and a struggle ensued in the middle of the interstate.

Mr. Switzer, who is 6’4 and 300 pounds, fought with the the deputy for 10 minutes, according to the Gilliam County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect was taken into custody with help from Gilliam Co. and Sherman Co Sheriffs and Oregon State Police. He was evaluated by Gilliam County EMS and was subsequently booked at NORCOR.

Mr. Switzer and is being held on $30,000 bond. Charges were filed for: Attempting to Elude; Reckless Driving; Resisting Arrest and Assault on a peace officer.


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