MYRTLE CREEK — A chase that reached speeds of 110 mph on Interstate 5 through Roseburg ended when the car ran over spikes set out just north of the Myrtle Creek curves Wednesday afternoon. The driver attempted to drive up a grassy hill after the chase and started a small fire that was quickly extinguished.
Ian Kelly Green, 20, of Beaverton, was traveling south around 2:45 p.m. at approximately 94 mph near Milepost 127 in Roseburg when a trooper spotted him and attempted to pull him over, OSP Lt. Doug Ladd said.
Green did not stop and led the trooper on a high-speed chase.
The trooper radioed ahead for help and another trooper placed spikes on the highway to stop the speeding car near Milepost 110, Ladd said.
“The spike strips on the vehicle were successful,” he said. The two front tires deflated, but Green continued driving another half mile as his tires began to shred.
He eventually got on the shoulder and drove up a grassy hill.
“We believe it was in an attempt to escape,” Ladd said. Troopers immediately arrested Green.
A small fire started around the car and troopers extinguished it with hand-held fire extinguishers.
Green was arrested on suspicion of felony attempting to elude an officer, reckless driving, exceeding speeds over 100 mph, following too closely and possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.
He was in custody today in the Douglas County Jail in lieu of $50,625 bail.
Ladd said a trooper was able to put the spikes out because of good communication and the trooper could see the car coming from almost half a mile away.
He said troopers would have likely let the chase end for public safety reasons if the spikes had not worked.
“The risks continue as a chase goes on,” he said. “A longer pursuit is higher risk.”
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