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A pair of brothers on what officials called a “crime spree” were arrested after they allegedly burglarized a cabin on Mount Hood last month, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said, but not before a low-speed car chase in reverse, all caught on dashcam video in one of the sheriff’s cruisers.
It started around 11 a.m. on April 6, when dispatchers got a 911 call about a burglary in progress at a cabin in the small community of Rhododendron on Mount Hood’s western flank.
A deputy and Oregon State Police trooper were nearby and responded to the call. As they drove up the one-lane dirt road to the cabin, still covered in patchy snow, they came bumper to bumper with a Subaru wagon.
A deputy got out of his truck, but the driver put the car in reverse and led the officers on a short chase, the car reversing up the narrow road, sliding sideways in the snow.
The driver spun the car perpendicular to the road and the sheriff pinned the vehicle with his truck as both driver and passenger fled into the forest on foot.
The driver and passenger—later identified as brothers Aaron Edward Dean Neace, 29, of Beavercreek, and Clayton James Neace, 27, of Wood Village—were tracked by a police dog and taken into custody, according to the sheriff’s office.
The Subaru was found to contain stolen property from the cabin, as well as meth and a pellet gun, officials said. Investigators also learned that Aaron Neace was suspected in a number of other crimes, including multiple vehicle thefts, drug possession and criminal mischief.
In early May, Aaron Neace was sentenced to 80 months in prison after pleading guilty to charges from multiple burglaries and vehicle thefts. Clayton Neace was sentenced to 29 months in custody after pleading guilty to charges related to the April 6 incident in Rhododendron, officials said.