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Two Arrested After Minor Injury Crash During Attempt to Elude on Interstate 5 near Albany

December 16, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

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Linn County Sheriff's Office
Oregon State Police

Two people, both wanted on outstanding felony warrants, were arrested following a Sunday afternoon traffic crash as they were in a vehicle attempting to elude Oregon State Police (OSP) northbound on Interstate 5 near Albany. The suspect vehicle collided with another vehicle occupied by two adults and two juveniles who were treated and released at an area hospital for minor injuries. Names, additional information and photographs provided with this update.

On December 15, 2013 at about 4:09 p.m., OSP Northern Command Center dispatch received a report of a hit-and-run crash involving a silver 2001 BMW X5 sport utility vehicle striking the right rear corner of a semi-trailer northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 204. A witness tried to keep the suspect vehicle in sight but couldn't as it sped away at a high rate of speed. OSP troopers headed north from Eugene and two troopers headed south from Albany to try and find the suspect vehicle.

An OSP trooper saw the vehicle northbound near milepost 225 and followed it for two miles before a second trooper was in position for an attempt to make a traffic stop near milepost 228. At approximately 4:25 p.m., the troopers activated emergency lights but the driver of the BMW failed to yield and attempted to elude at speeds in excess of 100 mph.

The suspect vehicle continued northbound through the Albany area on Interstate 5 until at approximately 4:35 p.m. when its driver lost control near milepost 239. The suspect vehicle collided into a guardrail and a 2010 Acura MDX sport utility vehicle. Both vehicles came to rest on the right shoulder and in the right hand lane as debris spread across the northbound lanes and went into the southbound lanes. Two vehicles in the southbound lanes were reported damaged after being hit by some debris.

As troopers detained the BMW's two occupants as they remained inside their vehicle, an OSP sergeant helped the family from the Acura and moved them to a safer area. Troopers then took the two occupants out of the BMW and placed them in custody.

The male suspect driver was identified as MICHAEL DEL CURRY, age 36, from Medford, and the female passenger was identified as ANGELINA MAXINE TOMBURELLO, age 22, also from Medford. Both initially provided false identifying information and were lodged in Linn County Jail on the following charges:

* Felony warrant out of Jackson County for Parole Violation
* Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
* Reckless Driving
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person (5 counts)
* Assault in the Third Degree (5 counts)
* Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree
* Misdemeanor Hit & Run - Property Damage
* Providing False Information to a Police Officer
* Also cited to appear for Driving While Suspended

* Two (2) felony warrants out of Jackson County for Failure to Appear - Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine
* Misdemeanor warrant out of Jackson County for Failure to Appear - Furnishing False Information to a Police Officer
* Providing False Information to a Police Officer

The Acura's driver, MICHAEL D. DODGE, age 44, female passenger ANNE E. DONOVAN, age 44, and two boys ages 10 and 5, from Portland, were taken by ground ambulance to Salem Hospital where they were treated and released for minor injuries.

OSP requested an interagency Linn County-area crash investigation team conduct the scene investigation. The interagency team is comprised of members from Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Police Department, Lebanon Police Department, and OSP. Additional assistance at the scene was provided by Jefferson Fire District and ODOT.

Two lanes were temporarily blocked and one lane was open the majority of time for about 3 hours during the scene incident response and investigation.


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