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August 23, 2011
Adrian Arin Chase, a 32-year old Portland man is in custody Tuesday following numerous hit-and-run non-injury traffic crashes and an extensive attempt to elude Oregon State Police troopers on Interstate 5 ended just north of the Millersburg exit.
The suspect’s reckless driving came to an end when he exited the freeway near milepost 239, crashed into a guardrail and was pinned in by an OSP trooper’s patrol car.
At around 11:11 a.m. the OSP Northern Command Center dispatch notified OSP troopers to be on the lookout for a hit-and-run vehicle described as a blue 1995 Honda Civic four-door southbound on Interstate 5 near Tigard. A second report came 7 minutes later regarding the recklessly driven vehicle near Tualatin.
As an OSP trooper was trying to overtake the Honda, two more non-injury hit-and-run crashes were reported involving the same vehicle between Wilsonville and Donald/Aurora. The vehicle passed an OSP detective in an unmarked car near milepost 280 as he continued to drive recklessly over 100 mph while passing traffic using both shoulders. The detective tried to keep the Honda in sight while providing updated location and driving information to OSP dispatch.
OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office set up to intercept the Honda near Brooks. Troopers spotted the Honda and attempted to stop the car but it continued southbound recklessly, attempting to elude troopers who were joined by Marion County deputies and Salem police officers.
Near milepost 245, the Honda rear-ended an unidentified car with Nevada license plates that pulled over to the right shoulder but left the scene before OSP could contact its driver. (NOTE: The driver of the Nevada-plated vehicle is asked to contact OSP at 800-452-7888)
After passing the Santiam Rest Area, OSP troopers from the Albany Area Command office were positioned to deploy spike strips near milepost 239 but the Honda exited at the Dever-Conner Road exit.
At the top of the off-ramp, the Honda tried to turn left and crashed into the guardrail on the south side of the road. Senior Trooper Jeff Leighty placed his patrol car against the right front corner of the Honda, pinning it between the guardrail and patrol car to prevent the driver from fleeing again.
Chase, from southwest Portland, was taken into custody at 11:45 a.m. without further incident. Chase was lodged in the Marion County Jail on the following charges: Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Recklessly Endangering Another Person (6 counts), Fail to Perform Duties of a Driver Involved in Property Damage Accident (4 counts)
Additional charges are pending. All of the reported crashes were non-injury.