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Spike Strips Help Stop Fleeing Stolen Car Driven by Wanted 17-Year Old in Douglas County
Lieutenant Douglas Ladd
Oregon State Police - Roseburg
Office: (541) 440-3334

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State, county and local police teamed together to arrest a 17-year old Roseburg-area male Thursday night on multiple charges after he attempted to elude police officers in a stolen car on Highway 42 into the Winston area. The successful use of spike strips flattened all four tires of the fleeing car helping to bring this incident to an end without injury to anyone.
On February 21, 2008 at approximately 4:00 p.m. Roseburg Police Department took a stolen vehicle report on a green 1993 Ford Taurus displaying Oregon license plates. At approximately 11:00 p.m. an ODOT employee notified Oregon State Police (OSP) Southern Command Center dispatch of a green Ford Taurus eastbound on Highway 42 in Coos County traveling approximately 100 mph. The ODOT employee was able to provide an Oregon license plate that came back to the previously reported stolen car.
Two OSP troopers responded to the Tenmile area on Highway 42 near milepost 64 to locate the vehicle. At approximately 11:14 p.m., troopers spotted the car at a high rate of speed and activated emergency lights and siren to stop it. The car reportedly sped up and was driving erratically while the driver made obscene finger gestures toward the troopers.
Officers from Winston Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff's Office moved into position to assist, and as the car approached the truck weigh station on Highway 42 west of Winston spike strips were set up on the highway by Winston police. The car ran over the spike strips, deflating all four tires.
The stolen Ford Taurus continued into Winston as the tires began to fall apart. While attempting to turn left at the Highway 42 and Highway 99 intersection, the driver was unable to maintain control and it hit and curb then came to a stop.
The driver, identified as CARL D. McFARLAND, age 17, from Roseburg, was taken into custody without incident at 11:24 p.m. He was transported to the Douglas County Juvenile Detention Facility on the following charges:
  • Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
  • Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
  • Felony Warrant held by Oregon Youth Authority
  • Reckless Driving