An Oregon parolee, whose passenger was killed in a Nov. 16 rollover that occurred as the man was trying to evade arrest, told detectives he should have just surrendered.
Blake Edward Thacker, 31, appeared in East Fork Justice Court on Monday where attorney Kris Brown was appointed to represent him.
Thacker is being held on a no-bail fugitive warrant and was scheduled to return to East Fork Justice Court on Wednesday afternoon.
Court documents revealed authorities had been looking for Thacker for two weeks when he drove up behind a deputy who was at Blue Rock and Lyle. When Thacker realized he’d been spotted, he made a U-turn on the spot and then turned north on Robin, before turning west on Kimmerling.
The deputy told investigators that he lost track of Thacker on the Kimmerling Way curve before spotting him on the sidewalk along Robin.
A witness said he heard the commotion and looked out in time to see Thacker’s Jeep roll completely and land on its wheels.
The deputy got out of his patrol vehicle and pulled his weapon, but Thacker drove off again and attempted to turn south on Tillman from Patricia, where he slammed into another vehicle, causing the Jeep to roll and ejecting passenger Jon Schulze. Schulze was pronounced dead at the scene.