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Two Arrested Following Attempt to Elude, Non-Injury Crash - Interstate 5 in Douglas and Lane Counties
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
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Two people were arrested Thursday evening following a traffic crash involving a vehicle attempting to elude officers from Douglas County Sheriff's Office (DCSO), Oregon State Police (OSP), Lane County Sheriff's Office, Sutherlin Police Department, and Cottage Grove Police Department along Interstate 5. The incident ended north of Cottage Grove when an OSP trooper utilized a tactical vehicle intervention technique after Cottage Grove police deployed spike strips.
On June 21, 2012 prior to 8:00 p.m. a DCSO deputy saw a red 1991 Pontiac Firebird displaying California license plates southbound on Eagle Valley Road in Yoncalla that matched the description of a vehicle related to a burglary investigation. The DCSO deputy attempted to stop the Pontiac southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 148 but it failed to yield, cut through the center median and returned to county roads attempting to elude the deputy in the Yoncalla and Drain areas. At one point, the Pontiac nearly struck the deputy's patrol car before returning to Interstate 5 from Highway 38 where it proceeded northbound on the freeway.
At approximately 8:11 p.m. OSP began assisting DCSO as the Pontiac fled northbound at high speeds. Cottage Grove police successfully deployed spike strips against the right front tire just south of Cottage Grove near milepost 171. The Pontiac continued northbound at high speeds with one tire deflated before taking the Saginaw exit near milepost 176.
The Pontiac attempted to return back to the northbound lanes but was stopped when it steered into an OSP trooper's patrol car positioning to use a tactical vehicle intervention (TVI) technique near the bottom of the northbound on-ramp. The Pontiac and OSP patrol car came to a stop in a bordering ditch in about two feet of water.
The Pontiac's driver, KERRY JOSEPH KIPPES JR, age 37, from Dillard, was taken into custody and lodged by DCSO in the Douglas County Jail on the following charges:
  • Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
  • Reckless Driving
  • Recklessly Endangering Another Person (2 counts)
  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine
He was also cited by OSP to appear in Lane County Circuit Court for the same charges except the drug charge.
One of the two female passengers initially provided false information regarding her identity to officers. She was positively identified as THERESA ANN WEBB, age 32, from Eugene, and was wanted on a felony warrant. WEBB was also lodged by DCSO in the Douglas County Jail on the felony warrant (Computer Crime, Theft in the First Degree, and Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card) and one count of Furnishing False Information to a Police Officer.
The other female, age 30, was not arrested and later release.
The vehicles received minor damage.