Oregon State Police troopers succinctly summed up what they witnessed Saturday afternoon on Interstate 5 north of Roseburg: worst driving ever.
At about 1 p.m., emergency dispatchers received at least eight complaints about a green 2000 Honda Accord driving north on I-5 from Roseburg, according to state police.
Callers reported the driver was passing on the shoulder and tailgating at speeds of more than 100 mph.
Two OSP Fish and Wildlife troopers, Jason Stone and Aaron Baimbridge, set up to look for the car as it passed Sutherlin and saw the driver speeding and traveling aggressively through traffic, troopers said.
The troopers had trouble catching up and keeping the Honda in sight until Milepost 144 when it was blocked by a freight truck and recreational vehicle. The troopers then stopped the car and arrested the driver, Terra Raylene McCormick, 34, of Eugene.
McCormick was booked into the Douglas County Jail for drunken driving, reckless driving and possession of heroin. She was also cited on suspicion of refusing a breath test, speeding, driving with a suspended license and being in possession of an open container of alcohol. She was in custody in lieu of $116,250 bail.
In a press release, OSP said the two troopers reported McCormick’s driving was the “worst they have witnessed in their careers.”
Stone has been a trooper for nine years, while Baimbridge has been a trooper for six years and had six previous years of experience in law enforcement, OSP Lt. Doug Ladd said.
The troopers reported that two motorists pulled off and gave statements about McCormick’s driving.
Other motorists slowed as they drove by, cheering and pumping their fists in celebration, troopers said.