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LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- Oregon State Police say they arrested a man for DUII Wednesday night, who turned out to be a man wanted for a California bank robbery.
Troopers say they stopped a Ford pickup on Interstate 5 near Coburg just before 9 pm, and arrested the driver, James R. Dear, 57, from Las Cruces, New Mexico, for DUII.
Officials say that the man was processed for DUII, then cited and released. He was taken to an area motel.
Authorities say when they had first contacted Dear, he was in possession of a large amount of cash, some of it stained with dye.
On Thursday, an OSP Criminal Investigation Division detective following up on the seized dye-stained cash confirmed through the FBI and Sacramento Police Department that Dear was a suspect in a California bank robbery.
According to Sacramento Police Department, on Wednesday morning, a suspect entered the First Northern Bank in the 700 block of J Street carrying a backpack, approached a teller and demanded money. The suspect placed the backpack on the floor after saying it contained a bomb and left on foot.
OSP troopers went back to the motel and took Dear into custody. He was lodged in the Lane County Jail as a Fugitive from Justice pending extradition from Oregon to California.