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Spike Strips Help Prevent Stolen Car From Eluding Police North of Newport
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

Spikes strips deployed by Oregon State Police help prevent a stolen car from eluding officers after it was spotted north of Newport on Highway 101 Friday night. A Lincoln City woman was arrested without further incident after she was stopped.

On July 27, 2012 at approximately 7:32 p.m. OSP Sergeant Cari Boyd and Senior Trooper Bryan Fitch were patrolling near Cape Foulweather when they overheard a dispatch of a reported stolen vehicle followed by an off-duty Newport police officer northbound on Highway 101 from Newport. Three minutes later the stolen vehicle, a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, was spotted by OSP and spike strips deployed by Fitch at Spencer Creek Bridge near milepost 134 to prevent the driver from attempting to elude during heavy summer traffic conditions.

The spike strips deflated two tires and the driver pulled over and stopped without fleeing. Officers from Newport police and Lincoln County Sheriff's Office arrived about a minute later and helped OSP arrested the driver, KRISTINA R. ESCALDERON, age 23, from Lincoln City. She was lodged in the Lincoln County Jail for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Theft First Degree.

The car was reported stolen earlier in the day from the Lincoln City area.