MOLALLA -- Police took a couple into custody following a stabbing and wild chase through rural Clackamas County.

About 6:41 a.m. sheriff's deputies were sent to a report of a stabbing at 12619 S. Wilderness Way near Molalla.

A man had called 9-1-1 and said he had been stabbed by a woman he knew.

Minutes later, a Molalla police officer saw the victim's car speeding away from the crime scene, going north on South Wilhoit Road. The driver ignored attempts by the officer to pull over.

The chase continued. Around 6:58 a.m. the suspect was now being chased by several county deputies.

The driver left the roadway and went into a pasture at 19220 S. Munson Road, coming out at Short Fellows Road. The driver then drove off the roadway again at 30885 S. Short Fellows Road and ran off.

About 7 a.m. police spotted the car, abandoned. A man was quickly taken into custody without incident. It was learned he had outstanding warrants.

A canine dog continued the search for the woman suspected of the stabbing. Police thought she had been a passenger in the car but concluded that she had never left the area of the crime scene.

She was spotted on Wilderness Way and taken into custody without incident.

Kenneth Bradley Manning, 29, of Mulino, was jailed on accusations of failure to appear on a third-degree theft court appearance; probation violation for possession of a controlled substance/meth; attempting to elude a police officer and two counts of first-degree criminal mischief.

Tara Axmaker, 22, of Molalla, was accused of second-degree assault.

Both face a Friday afternoon court appearance.

The stabbing victim, Kelly Glenn Christensen, 47, was treated at Legacy Emanuel hospital for what deputies described as a minor wound. He's in fair condition. He lives at the Wildnerness Way address.

Investigators learned that Manning took Christensen's car to avoid an arrest on his outstanding warrant. Before he left, he provided first-aid to Christensen for his stab wound.

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