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Investigation of Injury Crash Involving Juvenile Attempt to Elude in Stolen Vehicle near Ashland
10/15/2008
Lieutenant Brian Powers
Oregon State Police - Central Point
Office: (541) 776-6236 ext. 233

Oregon State Police are continuing the investigation into a traffic crash involving a 15-year old male who crashed the stolen vehicle he was operating into the back of parked ODOT vehicles while attempting to elude Jackson County Sheriff's Department and Ashland Police Department on Interstate 5 near Ashland. The juvenile male received serious but non-life threatening injuries in the crash.
 
On October 15, 2008 at approximately 1:20 p.m. Jackson County Sheriff's Office, with the assistance of Ashland Police Department, attempted to stop a reported stolen 2004 Ford Expedition operated by a 15-year male from Tacoma, Washington, northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 14. The juvenile operator refused to yield and continued northbound at a high rate of speed, but due to erratic driving and the approaching construction zone the officers backed off and kept the vehicle in sight as it continued to elude.
 
Near milepost 16 the operator lost control and crashed into the rear of an ODOT dump truck and backhoe parked on the right shoulder of the freeway. ODOT workers were in the vicinity near the collision but were not injured.
 
On impact, the vehicle caught fire with operator still secured in the driver's seat by safety restraints. Police and other rescue personnel extinguished the fire and removed the operator who was subsequently transported to Rogue Valley Medical Center with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
 
OSP is continuing the investigation. Ashland Fire and Rescue, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Medford Police Department, Ashland Police Department and ODOT assisted at the scene.
 
Any witnesses to the attempt to elude and subsequent crash who have not been interviewed by police is asked to call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at (541) 664-4600.