The following is a joint release from Albany Police Department and Oregon State Police
Albany Police Department (APD), with the assistance of Oregon State Police (OSP) and Linn County Sheriff's Office (LCSO), arrested two women wanted on warrants following their attempt to elude in a vehicle. The incident started in the Albany area and ended about 20 miles later off Interstate 5 at the Highway 34 (Corvallis) exit where officers forced the vehicle to a stop using a tactical vehicle intervention (TVI) technique.
On January 9, 2014 at approximately 12:50 a.m., APD attempted to stop a 2003 Cadillac four-door on Knox Butte Road and Timber Street for a traffic violation. The driver failed to yield and attempted to elude APD as OSP and LCSO were notified to assist if available. As the vehicle continued to elude, LCSO deployed spike strips successfully hitting a right front time but the driver continued down Highway 20 near Interstate 5 where the driver avoided a second attempt to spike other tires by OSP.
As the vehicle was traveling the wrong way on the Interstate 5 northbound off ramp from Highway 20, the female passenger got out of the vehicle and was later found by an OSP trooper.
The vehicle continued eluding southbound on the inside Interstate 5 northbound center median shoulder. OSP, APD, and LCSO followed the vehicle across the center median using the southbound lanes as another OSP trooper was positioned south of the approaching situation to prevent northbound traffic from encountering the wrong way eluding vehicle.
At approximately 1:04 a.m., the eluding vehicle took the Highway 34 ramp south of the overpass as the right front tire had deflated exposing the rim. An OSP trooper crossed the median and came up behind the slowing vehicle as it came onto Highway 34. The trooper deployed a TVI, spinning the vehicle around where it stopped and was pinned in by APD units.
The vehicle's driver, HEATHER RACHEL GREENWALT, age 34, from Aumsville, was arrested without further incident on a confirmed warrant for Fail to Appear - Public Order Crimes and local charges of Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle, Reckless Driving, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person.
The female who got out of the vehicle and was found by OSP at was handed over to APD for their investigation. She was identified as LORI LYNN GILLIHAN, age 38, from Lebanon. GILLIHAN was arrested for False Information to a Police Officer and eight confirmed warrants out of Grant and Malheur County and multiple Municipal Courts.
A male passenger in the vehicle was interviewed and released later.