According to Sergeant Ken Terry, on July 17, 2013 at approximately 2:43 p.m., an OSP trooper attempted to stop a Volvo four-door passenger car southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 127 for traveling 94 mph in a 65 mph speed zone. The driver refused to yield to the trooper over the next several miles as speeds fluctuated between 65 and over 100 mph passing other traffic.
An OSP trooper deployed spike strips near milepost 112, successfully deflating the two front tires. The tires began to shred as the car traveled southbound eventually slowing down and pulling off the freeway into a grassy area near milepost 110. At approximately 2:55 p.m., OSP troopers and Douglas County deputies took the male driver into custody without further incident. A Roseburg Police Department K-9 unit stood by to assist in case the driver tried to flee on foot.
A grass fire started underneath the vehicle and began spread to the sides but was quickly extinguished by several officers with fire extinguishers. Myrtle Creek Fire Department firefighters responded to the scene in case the grass re-ignited until the vehicle was towed.
The driver, identified as IAN K. GREEN, age 19, from Beaverton, was lodged in the Douglas County Jail for Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle and Reckless Driving.