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PHOTOS: Oregon man flees from police, hides in a badger hole... it does not end well

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Gregory Morrow (PHOTO: OSP) Gregory Morrow (PHOTO: OSP)
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You have to at least give this guy credit for his *ahem*... "courage," yeah? 

Most people fleeing from the police pick the same old hiding spots: Under cars, in bushes, on top of roofs,closets,attics, etc. Police see it all the time. So do I when I watch COPS. But this guy in Oregon, he did it right. He most likely immediately regretted it and it might have eventually killed him if police hadn't found him, but if he was looking to not be found, he picked the one place I wouldn't want to go look. 

An Oregon State Trooper spotted a stolen car in a Jack in the Box parking lot Thursday morning and tried to pull it over. The driver sped away and the pursuit was terminated due to safety concerns. However, during the pursuit, Trooper and Ontario Police Department Officers could see there were two men and a dog inside the stolen car. 

Information led police to Bureau of Land Management land about 20 miles away near Vale and a search was done from both on the ground and in the air. 

One of the suspects, 35-year-old Jerry Boatman, was spotted several hours later walking on the BLM land. He was quickly picked up and arrested for Escape and a parole violation.

But where did the other guy, and the dog go? Glad you asked. 

A couple of hours later, aircraft spotted the stolen car in a ravine. Officers followed tracks from the car and after about a mile spotted the dog. Now, it is unclear if the dog was scared of approaching officers, or if this was a Lassie moment, but the dog ran from officers straight into a badger hole. Officers followed the dog into the badger hole to get it out and began hearing a man screaming for help inside the badger hole! 

Who was that man? 22-year-old Gregory Morrow of Ontario. Morrow was stuck about 8 feet down the hole feet first and could not move. Morrow told officers he was losing feeling in his arm. 

Police immediately began digging to remove him and eventually got him out after about 90 minutes. Morrow was identified as the driver of the stolen car and taken into custody, but no before a trip to the hospital for treatment of "minor injuries." He was booked on a parole violation and further charges are pending. 

No word on if the badger was home, but law enforcement says Morrow surely would have died from exposure if he had not been able to free himself. 

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