April 8, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
A 29-year old Grants Pass man is being treated for non-life threatening injuries after crashing the stolen car he was driving during a brief attempt to elude from Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers on Highway 238 near Murphy in southern Oregon. The man's name is being withheld at this time and criminal charges are pending.
According to Sergeant David Beck, on April 8, 2013 at approximately 5:21 p.m., two OSP troopers were set up monitoring traffic along Highway 238 near milepost 8 after receiving a report of a stolen 2005 Ford Mustang traveling in their direction. When the driver saw one of the troopers, he sped up and attempted to elude eastbound for about a half mile at which point spikes strips were deployed hitting at least one tire. After going over a spike strip the driver tried an evasive maneuver and lost control. The vehicle traveled across the westbound lane and overturned in a ditch.
The lone occupant of the vehicle was transported by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment of injuries. He was using safety restraints. The suspect driver reportedly was involved in a couple recent eludes from area police officers. The vehicle was stolen from an area car dealership in the last couple weeks.
OSP troopers from Grants Pass and Central Point are continuing the investigation with the assistance of Jackson County Sheriff's Office. ODOT assisted OSP at the scene during a single lane closure for about 3 hours. The vehicle was towed and impounded pending the ongoing investigation.
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