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Driver charged in alleged road rage incident

FLORENCE - A man involved in a road rage incident tried to outrun police Friday and assaulted officers when they caught up with him, police said.

Florence police arrested David Carl Malmerb, 34, of Portland, about 3:30 p.m. on multiple charges, including eluding, assaulting police, reckless driving and endangering others.

Witnesses told police that a driver got out of his Dodge Dakota at the intersection of Highway 101 and 35th Street and spit on a nearby Ford Explorer. When the driver of the Explorer pulled in front of the Dakota, its driver allegedly rammed the Explorer, the witnesses said.

Police said the Dakota's driver led them on a pursuit with speeds up to 40 mph. The driver eventually pulled over at Buck Lake Trailer Park on Highway 101, but ignored an officer's orders to get out of the truck. Eventually he got out and assaulted the officer, police said. He continued to struggle after a second officer helped handcuff him, police said.

Once the driver settled down, medics evaluated him for injuries and found none.

Malmerb was being held at the Florence Justice Center.

Man found dead at Deer Creek Hot Springs

McKENZIE BRIDGE - Detectives are investigating the death of a man who collapsed Friday while bathing at the Deer Creek Hot Springs east of McKenzie Bridge.

The Lane County sheriff's office responded to a call at the springs about 5:15 a.m. and found George Stanley Davidson, 62, who was declared dead. His companion, Gina Marlene Kindle, 42, had called 911. The sheriff's office described Davidson and Kindle as transients.

The death is under investigation, and an autopsy has been scheduled..
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Title Annotation:General News; METRO
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Mar 19, 2005
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