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California Man Arrested Following Attempt to Elude OSP and CHP on Interstate 5
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

State, county and city police agencies teamed together to arrest a California man following his attempt to elude the officers for nearly 50 miles on Interstate 5 from Medford, Oregon to Yreka, California.
On June 5, 2009 at approximately 3:17 a.m. an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper attempted to stop a 1998 Land Rover southbound Interstate 5 near milepost 27 for a taillight equipment violation. The driver, later identified as ROBIN J. COWELL, age 39, from Carmel, California, refused to yield and attempted to elude OSP troopers southbound at speeds reportedly in excess of 90 mph. At exit 14, Ashland police deployed spike strips on at least one of the tires but the driver continued southbound.
After entering into California speeds had reduced to 45 mph as one of the tires began to disintegrate.
California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers positioned to take over the attempts to stop the eluding vehicle. As the vehicle entered the Yreka area, CHP successfully deployed spike strips and a second tire deflated. The vehicle went through the center median and crossed the northbound lanes where it came to a stop.
COWELL fled on foot but was overtaken by CHP and OSP officers at 4:08 a.m. Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office deputies assisted during the incident.
COWELL was taken into custody and lodged by CHP in the Siskiyou County Jail on the following charges:
  • Felony Evading Police
  • Misdemeanor DUII
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance
OSP will forward reports to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office for consideration of Oregon charges.
Questions regarding the incident's conclusion and California charges should be referred to CHP Yreka office.