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Olympia Man Arrested Following Attempt to Elude OSP; 8 lbs. of Marijuana Found in Pickup
02/05/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

An Olympia, Washington man was arrested by Oregon State Police (OSP) Thursday afternoon when he attempted to elude an OSP trooper in the Eugene/Springfield area. The man stopped and surrendered after nearly ten minutes, and OSP found 8 pounds of marijuana in the pickup.
 
On February 5, 2009 at approximately 1:24 p.m. an OSP trooper attempted to stop a red Ford pickup displaying Washington license plates northbound Interstate 5 near milepost 193 for speed and lane change violations. The pickup took the eastbound off ramp to Interstate 105 and sped up to nearly 90 mph, driving recklessly and exiting at the Pioneer Parkway exit.

 
During the next ten minutes the pickup was operated on local streets and Interstate 105 at speeds up to 95 mph, ran several red lights, and nearly hit 3 highway construction workers as they had to jump over a guardrail to avoid the pickup. At one point the OSP trooper terminated the attempt to stop the pickup when it exited off Interstate 105 at 6th Street in Eugene, but the trooper spotted the pickup again as it returned eastbound onto
Interstate 105 and moved back in behind it.
 
At 1:35 p.m. the pickup's driver pulled into a church parking lot near Valley River Center and stopped. He was taken into custody without further incident with the assistance of a Lane County Sheriff's Office deputy.
 
Subsequent investigation led to the discovery of approximately 8 pounds of marijuana in two five-gallon plastic buckets in the pickup. Estimated value of the marijuana was about $24,000.
 
ROGER A. STEWART, age 45, from Olympia, Washington, was lodged in Lane County Jail on the following charges:
  • Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
  • Reckless Driving
  • Driving Under the Influence of Drugs
  • Recklessly Endangering Another Person (3 counts)
  • Unlawful Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana
 
STEWART was also cited for no valid operator's license.