Sheriff: Man in stolen car races past deputies

Sheriff: Man in stolen car races past deputies
William Benjamin Tate, 31, of Roseburg

WINSTON, Ore. -- A Roseburg man driving a stolen car raced down the wrong road Sunday, as there were two deputies there to watch him drive by, the Sheriff's office said.

Deputies say they were at a call in the 2000 block of Willis Creek Road Sunday evening, when they say they saw a black 1998 Honda Civic race by at a high rate of speed and in the wrong lane.

The deputies say they were aware that Winston police had been looking for a stolen car that matched the description.

Deputies say they caught up with the car in the 5500 block of Willis Creek Road and detained the driver, William Benjamin Tate, 31.

Authorities say Winston police also responded and confirmed that the car was the one they had been looking for.

Tate was arrested and charged by both agencies. He was charged by Winston police with unlawful use of a motor vehicle, second degree theft and second degree criminal mischief. The Douglas County Sheriff's office charged Tate with possession of a stolen vehicle and reckless driving.

Tate was taken to the Douglas County Jail, but has since been released.