MOLALLA, Ore. -- A Milwaukie woman under arrest for attempted murder is suspected of stabbing a man before stealing and crashing a Clackamas County Sheriff's Office patrol car early Friday morning, police said.
The victim was identified as 33-year-old Matthew Savage, of Beavercreek. He was stabbed and was airlifted to a hospital, where he was listed in fair condition. The woman who stole the car was not hurt, said Sgt. Adam Phillips.
Tara Axmaker, 25, was charged with attempted murder, assaulting an officer, theft, eluding police and reckless driving.
Investigators said Axmaker's use of methamphetamine played a significant role in the crimes.
Deputies were dispatched about 1 a.m. to a reported stabbing in the 16800 block of South Howards Mill Road. Minutes later, a deputy en route saw a patrol car racing in the other direction, Phillips said.
With a quick exchange on the radio of the stolen car, deputies knew it had been stolen, Phillips said.
The woman lost control and crashed near Oregon 213 and Molalla Road.
Axmaker was arrested in April 2010 after a stabbing and wild chase in Clackamas County. A man called 911 to report that he had been stabbed by a woman he knew.
Axmaker was not driving in that incident. She was charged with second-degree assault. The victim suffered a minor knife wound.
She needs some psychological help, definitely, shes not safe to be out on the road, especially ... this is the second time, and I'm sure like me, I doubt that guy did anything to egg her on, Kelly Christensen, who was attacked in 2010, said.