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15-Year Old Detained After Attempting to Elude Police From California and Oregon on Interstate 5
Sergeant Tanya Henderson
Oregon State Police - Central Point
(541) 776-6114

A 15-year old Woodland, Washington juvenile was taken into custody Friday morning after he attempted to elude police from California and Oregon along Interstate 5 until Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers successfully deployed spike strips near Talent.
On October 7, 2011 at approximately 9:05 a.m. OSP Southern Command Center was contacted by California Highway Patrol (CHP) advising a blue 1991 Geo Metro was attempting to elude CHP officers northbound on Interstate 5 approaching the Oregon/California border. After entering Oregon, CHP continued following the car with speeds at times reaching over 100 mph.
Near milepost 14, Ashland police attempted spike strip deployment which the car avoided. OSP troopers and officers from Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Ashland Police Department, and Talent Police Department coordinated efforts to stop the vehicle as speeds continued near 90 mph.
Near milepost 19, OSP successfully deployed spike strips deflating the vehicle's left rear tire. The driver continued northbound until pulling the vehicle over near milepost 22.
Officers from multiple agencies initiated a felony stop and took the 15-year old male, who was alone in the vehicle, into custody without further incident. He was taken to the Jackson County Juvenile Justice Center where he is being detained for Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle and Reckless Driving.
CHP initially tried to stop the vehicle north of Yreka for speeding. The attempt to elude covered about 45 miles.
The juvenile was not listed as a runaway and his family was notified. The vehicle was registered to the driver's sister and was not reported stolen.