ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State Police say they arrested a 79-year-old Monmouth man after a chase on Interstate 5 in southern Oregon that reached speeds of nearly 110 mph.
Lt. Gregg Hastings says a state wildlife trooper was pacing a car headed southbound at 80 mph Monday afternoon in the Roseburg area and tried to stop the vehicle. The driver refused to stop. Other troopers saw the car and tried to stop it, but the driver increased his speed, passing other vehicles. The driver finally left the freeway, lost control and crashed into a ditch just before reaching a spot where two Myrtle Creek police officers were waiting with spike strips.
Hastings says William R. Barnes Sr. was taken to the Douglas County Jail for processing, cited for investigation of reckless driving and attempting to elude and released.
The trooper's spokesman says Barnes reportedly said he didn't stop because he thought troopers were chasing him on an unrelated matter. Hastings declined to discuss what that was.