Suspect jailed after ax incident at Klamath Falls bank

Klamath Falls, Ore. – A suspect is in custody following a bizarre incident at a Klamath Falls bank Wednesday afternoon.

Witnesses say the man smashed an ATM machine outside of Chase Bank with an axe at about 2:pm.

Witnesses say he then briefly entered, and then left the bank.

The suspect led more than a dozen police cars on a low speed chase until he pulled over about 35 miles north of Klamath Falls on Highway 97.

The suspect told 911 that he was a high ranking Navy official, and that the police did not have the authority to pull him over.

The suspect has been identified as 35 year old Shane Michael Matthews of Portland.

Charges against Matthews include menacing, unlawful use of a weapon, attempting to elude, and criminal mischief.

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