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Myrtle Creek teen leads police on 47-mile car chase

A 15-year-old Myrtle Creek boy who led police on a 47-mile car chase was arrested Friday morning after authorities deployed a spike strip and stopped the vehicle near Tiller Trail Highway, Myrtle Creek police said.

Police said they tried to stop a silver 2003 Dodge pickup after the driver sped off and failed to stay in his lane at about 2 a.m. in the 400 block of Northeast Division Street.

The car chase at one point reached about 80 mph on back roads throughout southern Douglas County, police said.

Oregon State Police troopers and Douglas County sheriff’s deputies joined the pursuit.

The agencies set out a spike strip and stopped the pickup near Tiller Trail Highway, police said.

Three girls, who were passengers, were taken into custody and cited for a curfew violation, as the driver ran away, police said.

The 15-year-old was found several hours later and arrested on suspicion of attempting to elude police with a vehicle, third-degree escape, reckless driving, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, first-degree criminal mischief, three counts of recklessly endangering another person and a warrant.

He was taken to the Douglas County Juvenile Detention Center.


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The News-Review Updated Mar 12, 2014 05:25PM Published Mar 7, 2014 04:08PM Copyright 2014 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.