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Man Arrested Following Attempt to Elude and Crash into OSP Patrol Car near Springfield
06/04/2010
Sergeant Mike Brewster
Oregon State Police - Springfield
(541) 726-2536 ext. 204

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A Springfield man is in custody at the Lane County Jail following an early Fridayt morning incident in which he attempted to elude police officers and crashed into an Oregon State Police (OSP) patrol car in the Springfield area.
 
On June 4, 2010 at approximately 12:38 a.m. OSP Trooper Josh Wetzel attempted to stop a 1990 Chevrolet 1500 pickup for several traffic violations near Main and 28th in Springfield.  The pickup's driver attempted to elude the trooper, traveling onto Highway 126W with speeds ranging between 30 and 60 mph for approximately eleven minutes.
 
Springfield police deployed spike strips at Highway 126W and the 42nd St. bridge where the pickup drove over the strips damaging its tires.  The driver refused to stop and continued westbound on Highway 126W.
 
An OSP trooper deployed another set of spike strips on the west end of the Mohawk Street on ramp.  Approaching this location, the pickup veered to the right and intentionally rammed into the back of an unoccupied OSP patrol car.  The trooper was outside of that patrol car and was not injured.
 
The pickup's driver, JOHN TEJEDA, age 46, from Springfield, was taken into custody.  He suffered minor injuries in the collision and was transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend for treatment.  After he was discharged from the hospital, troopers lodged him in the Lane County Jail on the following charges:
  • Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
  • DUII
  • Reckless Driving
  • Reckless Endangering Another Person
  • Criminal Mischief in the First Degree
  • Attempted Assault in the Second Degree
 
OSP troopers were assisted during the incident by Lane County Sheriff's Office and Springfield Police Department.