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Tigard Man Arrested After Running Out of Gas Attempting to Elude Between Tualatin and Albany
07/17/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
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A Tigard man was arrested by Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers following an extensive elude involving a motorcycle that started in the Tualatin area and ended in Albany after the suspect ran out of gas.
 
On July 16, 2008 shortly before midnight Tigard police observed a motorcycle at a high rate of speed on Highway 217 southbound near 72nd Avenue. OSP Trooper Will Brindza was southbound on Interstate 5 near Highway 217 and saw the speeding motorcycle, a 2001 Suzuki SVC, enter southbound Interstate 5 as a Tigard police car was following with overhead emergency lights on.
 
Trooper Brindza activated the OSP patrol car's emergency lights and siren and attempted to stop the motorcycle as it sped up to speeds in excess of 130 mph southbound using all four lanes to maneuver through traffic. The motorcycle continued to attempt to elude southbound as other agencies and OSP troopers from Salem and Albany got into position to help.
 
On July 17th at 12:39 a.m. the motorcycle came to a stop on the inside median of Interstate 5 near milepost 233 where OSP troopers arrested the operator, GARY ALLEN SMITH, age 27, from Tigard. According to Trooper Brindza, SMITH stopped because the motorcycle ran out of gas.
 
SMITH was transported back to Washington County Jail where he was lodged for Reckless Driving and Felony Attempt to Elude on a Vehicle. Additional similar charges will be filed in Clackamas, Marion and Linn counties where the suspect's attempt to elude traveled through.