February 11, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
Photograph link valid 30 days - Source: Douglas County Sheriff's Office
A 23-year old Grants Pass man was arrested Sunday afternoon following multiple attempts to elude Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers on a motorcycle in Douglas County. The man was arrested by troopers when they found him hiding in the woods after he lost control of his motorcycle on a gravel county road in a remote area west of Umpqua.
On February 10, 2013 at approximately 11:44 a.m., an OSP trooper attempted to stop a Suzuki R650 motorcycle northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 81 for going 95 mph in a 65 mph speed zone. The motorcyclist failed to yield and sped up to over 100 mph in a reckless manner passing other traffic. Due to the motorcyclist's reckless operation, the trooper backed off and discontinued trying to get the motorcycle stopped near milepost 98 in the Canyonville area.
Two other OSP troopers set up south of Roseburg and spotted the motorcycle near milepost 119 where they tried to stop it a second time. The motorcyclist again failed to yield and attempted to elude at a high rate of speed, passing a third trooper near milepost 123 and exiting the freeway at exit 125 (Garden Valley Boulevard) where it headed westbound as troopers again lost sight of it.
An OSP Fish & Wildlife trooper spotted the motorcycle about 17 miles northwest of Roseburg near the town of Umpqua where the operator again attempted to elude westbound on Hubbard Creek Road for several miles. After the pavement ended and the motorcycle continued on the gravel portion of the roadway, the motorcyclist lost control and slid on its side. The operator fled on foot into the woods and was taken into custody by OSP troopers without further incident at approximately 12:28 p.m.
Operator JEFFREY B. ENGEBRETSON, age 23, from Grants Pass, was checked out by paramedics before being cleared to be taken to the Douglas County Jail where he was lodged on the following charges:
* Felony Attempt to Elude on a Vehicle (2 counts)
* Reckless Driving (2 counts)
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person
ENGEBRETSON admitted his speeds reached near 183 mph on Interstate 5 and over 140 mph on a county road while he eluded troopers on the motorcycle.