Johnathan Havice


A man was arrested after speeding through the Winchester area and turning into oncoming traffic on Interstate 5 last week.

At approximately 5:30 a.m. May 31, a deputy with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office saw a black Honda driving west on Page Road without a front license plate.

The deputy flipped on his emergency lights in an attempt to pull over the vehicle, but the driver, later identified as 29-year-old Johnathan Scott Havice, sped up and turned south onto Northeast Stephens Street, according to court documents.

Havice then turned on Taft Drive and drove through the area, which is a residential area, at about 40 mph, according to police. He continued driving on Sidney Drive, Northeast Clarice Lane and Glenda Avenue at about twice the speed limit before turning back onto Northeast Stephens Street and accelerating northbound.

The deputy continued following Havice, who drove over the Winchester Bridge at roughly 75 mph before turning onto the I-5 northbound off-ramp and driving against traffic, according to police.

Several vehicles slowed down on the highway in an attempt to avoid Havice.

Havice eventually turned around and began driving north in the appropriate lanes, but again decided to drive against traffic near milepost 134, just south of Sutherlin.

Soon, Havice drove into Sutherlin, traveling east on West Central Avenue, and blew through the intersection of State Street at approximately 55 mph, according to court documents.

Havice continued, reaching speeds of 95 mph on Nonpareil Road before the pursuit came to an end in the 100 block of Plat B Road, Sutherlin.

Havice was arrested on suspicion of attempting to elude police by vehicles, reckless driving, and recklessly endangering another person. He was later transported to the Douglas County Jail.

Ian Campbell can be reached at or 541-957-4209.

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Ian Campbell is the managing editor for The News-Review, a former senior editor at the Emerald Media Group and a camping fanatic. Follow him on Twitter @MrCampbell17

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