Landslide stops man in stolen taxi

BROOKINGS, Ore. - A man stole a taxi at knifepoint and led police on a chase before crashing into a landslide blocking a rural road, police said.

Cody Pettit, 18, of Brookings faces charges of Robbery in the First Degree, Attempt to Elude by Vehicle, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Reckless Driving, Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree, Menacing x 2, Harassment x 5, Reckless Endangering, Theft of Services, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and Coercion, the Curry County Sheriff's Office said.

Pettit stole the white taxi van at knifepoint just before 4 p.m. Saturday, February 2, the sheriff said.

A deputy spotted the vehicle on Highway 101 and tried to pull the driver over. The deputy followed as Pettit turned onto Meyers Creek Road, which is closed due to a landslide, the sheriff said.

Pettit crashed the taxi into the landslide. He was taken into custody without further incident, the sheriff said.