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Driver Dies After Crashing into Roseburg Police Car While Attempting to Elude Officers
02/15/2010
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
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(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Sunday night's fatal traffic crash that happened when the driver of a vehicle attempting to elude a Roseburg police officer lost control and crashed head-on with a second Roseburg police officer. The eluding driver was pronounced deceased at an area hospital and his passenger was critically injured. The Roseburg police officer received minor injuries and is reported in good condition.
 
Preliminary information from the ongoing investigation indicates on February 14, 2010 at approximately 10:46 p.m. a Roseburg police officer attempted to stop a 1997 Honda Civic two-door for a traffic violation on Northeast Stephens Street near Garden Valley Boulevard. The Honda accelerated northbound, attempting to elude the officer for about one mile when its driver lost control at a high rate of speed and crashed head-on into a second Roseburg police officer's patrol car that was southbound with emergency lights activated on Northeast Stephens Street near Newton Creek Road.
 
Subsequent investigation determined that the Honda had been reported stolen to Lane County Sheriff's Office. The Honda's driver, NATHAN W. LUBKEN, age 31, from Roseburg, was transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg where he was pronounced deceased. LUBKEN's driving privileges were previously suspended. He was using safety restraints.
 
Honda passenger HOLLY CHERIE SULLIVAN, age 27, from Eugene, was critically injured. SULLIVAN was initially transported to Mercy Medical Center and later transferred to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland. Safety restraint use is pending confirmation through the investigation.
 
The Roseburg police officer involved in the traffic crash was transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center. He was using safety restraints. The 30-year old officer's name will be released by their department on Tuesday. He has been with Roseburg Police Department for 3 years.
 
OSP troopers and an OSP collision reconstructionist are continuing the investigation.
 
Northeast Stephens Boulevard was closed about ten hours with a detour established around the crash scene.