California man, who allegedly punched fellow camper, arrested in Lebanon

A California man was arrested early Wednesday morning in Lebanon, May 25, after leading Sheriff’s deputies in a pursuit, Linn County Sheriff Michelle Duncan reported.

According to Duncan and the Sheriff’s Office, Aaron Halvorson, 44, was arrested after allegedly punching a woman and threatening her with a machete the previous evening at a campsite at Sunnyside Park on Quartzville Road east of Sweet Home. When deputies arrived, Halvorson had already left the campsite.

Early Wednesday morning, about 5:48 a.m., a deputy on the lookout for Halvorson located him driving a 2000 Lincoln Navigator with California plates. The deputy attempted to stop Halvorson near Highway 20 and Weirich Cut-Off.  Halvorson failed to stop, and a pursuit was initiated, Duncan said.

Deputies continued to follow the vehicle and were able to successfully deploy spike strips east of Lebanon, flattening three of the four tires on the Lincoln. Halvorson continued to elude at low speeds, circling back into Lebanon where he eventually stopped and was taken into custody on Crowfoot Road.

Halvorson was lodged in the Linn County Jail on charges of felony attempt to elude, reckless driving, first-degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree assault, menacing, and unlawful use of a weapon.  Lebanon Police Department assisted in the pursuit.