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Motorist leads police on Highway 22 chase

WEST SALEM -- Authorities took a woman into custody last week for a mental evaluation after she lead troopers on a chase, Oregon State Police (OSP) said.



WEST SALEM -- Authorities took a woman into custody last week for a mental evaluation after she lead troopers on a chase, Oregon State Police (OSP) said.

Officials received driving complaints about a 2001 Toyota pickup near the intersection of Highway 18 and Highway 22 at about 9:45 a.m. on Feb. 27.

An OSP trooper spotted the vehicle, with its female driver and male passenger, heading westbound on Highway 22 toward Salem.

A vehicle license check revealed the pickup was part of a case involving a woman not taking her medication, OSP said.

After the trooper switched on his emergency lights to pull the truck over, the woman accelerated and continued west. Spike strips were deployed, which deflated the pickup's tires.

The driver pulled off onto Edgewater Street and then Wallace Road and was eventually stopped at a gas station, where she was taken into custody and subsequently transported to Salem Hospital for a mental evaluation, OSP said.

She was positively identified as a woman reported missing to Eugene police. Her name was withheld pending the hospital evaluation and a decision on enforcement action.

The male passenger turned out to be a hitchhiker, who was released following the on-scene investigation.



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