April 9, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
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, EDDIE JOSEPH CORREIA JR., age 29, from Grants Pass, was transported by ambulance to Three Rivers Community 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. Rural Metro Fire Department and 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.
No other information for release at this time.