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OSP Dispatch Supervisor Helps Convince Fleeing Driver to End Attempt to Elude
10/25/2008
Sergeant Dan Swift
Oregon State Police - Portland
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 267

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An Oregon State Police (OSP) dispatch supervisor played a pivotal role in helping convince a man over the phone as he attempting to elude troopers to pull over in an incident that came to an end Saturday evening on Interstate 205 in the West Linn area. Troopers deployed a taser to detain the uncooperative suspect and take him into custody.
 
According to OSP Sergeant Dan Swift, on October 25, 2008 at approximately 6:00 p.m. OSP Northern Command Center (NCC) dispatch received several complaints of a recklessly driven silver Ford Taurus northbound Interstate 5 in the Salem area. About 30 minutes later an OSP senior trooper and recruit spotted the car northbound near milepost 279 and initiated a traffic stop, but the car's driver suddenly stopped in the middle of the freeway then sped off again at speeds reportedly up to 85 mph.
 
The car continued northbound onto Interstate 205 with troopers behind it when the driver, identified as GREGORY PATRICK LEONETTI, age 27, from Portland, called 9-1-1. His call was transferred to OSP NCC Supervisor Cecilia Haess. As LEONETTI continued attempting to elude and failing to yield to troopers, Haess talked to LEONETTI to convince him to stop and surrender for about 6 minutes before he stopped his car near milepost 6.
 
LEONETTI refused to get out of the car while he continued talking to Haess, who described the man as distraught and not wanting to be arrested. Troopers, with the assistance of Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and West Linn police, stopped northbound traffic while they waited for LEONETTI to surrender.
 
After about five minutes, LEONETTI got out of the car but refused to comply with troopers' orders. A trooper deployed a taser to help take him into custody without injury to him or officers at approximately 7:00 p.m.
 
LEONETTI was lodged in Clackamas County Jail for Reckless Driving and Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle.