Police: Two arrested after chase through Sandy

Police: Two arrested after chase through Sandy
Matthew Lienhard (left) and Sarah Short

SANDY, Ore. – State police arrested two people who they said led authorities on a car chase through Sandy Tuesday night.

Police tried to stop the suspect's car after receiving a report of a kidnapping that turned out to be false, according to Lt. Gregg Hastings.

Someone called police and reported an armed man had kidnapped a woman and he was in a car heading west from Government Camp. Police spotted the suspect’s car, a Volkswagen Jetta, on the east end of Sandy, but the driver sped off into a neighborhood.

The driver led police and Clackamas County sheriff’s deputies on a chase through Sandy for the next several minutes, Hastings said. A deputy used a spike strip on the car, but the driver continued after one of his tires was blown out.

Police took the driver and his female passenger into custody after they stopped at a dead end. Police found two handguns inside the car, including one gun with an altered serial number.

Hastings said the kidnapping report was unfounded. Police are investigating why someone reported the woman kidnapped.

Police arrested the driver, 37-year-old Matthew John Lienhard of Gresham, on charges including felony attempt to elude, reckless driving and driving with a suspended license.

The passenger, 28-year-old Sarah Euleta Short of Bend, was arrested on gun charges.