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Halsey Man Arrested Following Bizarre Attempt to Elude near Salem
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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In what started out as a driving complaint of an erratic driver, a Halsey-area man was eventually taken into custody by Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers after a serious of strange events while attempting to elude on northbound on Interstate 5 between the Santiam River and Salem.
On April 12, 2009 at approximately 9:30 a.m. several citizens called OSP Northern Command Center dispatch and 9-1-1 to report an erratic driver northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 240. OSP troopers from the Albany Area Command office attempted to locate the vehicle coming north from the Albany area and Salem troopers moved into position in the Salem area.
At 9:54 a.m. a Salem-area OSP trooper spotted the vehicle near milepost 248 and attempted to stop it, but the vehicle first slowed while weaving in the traffic lanes and failed to stop. Additional troopers joined the first trooper and intentionally slowed traffic behind them in case the vehicle suddenly came to a stop.
The vehicle then sped up, fluctuating speeds between 80 mph and 30 mph, weaving across all lanes and at one point appeared to try to ram a disabled vehicle on the freeway shoulder. The driver also threw a baby's car seat and various pieces of clothing out the window as he drove.
Near milepost 254, the operator attempted to drive over the dirt center median mound but became stuck. The driver got out of the vehicle and took off his shorts, leaving him completely naked. The man then dropped to his knees while screaming and refusing further directions from the on scene troopers.
To keep the man from running into passing traffic and to gain compliance for the troopers' safety, a Taser was deployed. About one minute after stopping, troopers were then able to handcuff the man and hold him until medical personnel arrived to initially evaluate him. The incident ended about 10:00 a.m.
PAUL WILLIAM KIZER, age 23, from Halsey, was initially transported to Salem Hospital for further evaluation and observation. After he was cleared to be discharged, troopers transported him to Marion County Jail where he was evaluated by a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) and lodged on an outstanding warrant out of Deschutes County charging Failure to Appear on a DUII charge. He was also cited to appear in Marion County Circuit Court for:
  • Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
  • DUII - Drugs
  • Reckless Driving
  • Recklessly Endangering Another Person
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Driving While Suspended
  • Possession of Less than an Ounce of Marijuana