Local arrested after high-speed car chase

POLK COUNTY — Bradley David Allison of Dallas was arrested and charged after he led seven patrol cars on a high-speed chase that began in Dallas and ended in Independence. Bradley David Allison    The chase started Thursday at about 2:30 p.m. and lasted 15 minutes, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.    Allison, 42, was charged with attempting to elude, attempted first-degree assault, reckless driving, multiple counts of reckless endangering and failure to perform the duties of a driver — hit and run.    As of Tuesday morning, he was being held on $182,500 bail in Polk County Jail.    More charges are likely to follow as the investigation continues, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.    The chase began in the 11000 block of Orrs Corner Road when Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy Shon Latty attempted to stop a vehicle while investigating a suspicious circumstance at a residence in the area.    The pursuit headed west into Dallas before heading back east toward Highway 99W. Allison, driving a red GMC SUV, reached speeds in excess of 100 mph heading south to Monmouth.    Dallas Police Department officers took positions north of Monmouth and Independence in case Allison turned back to the north.    Allison, who is well known by law enforcement for attempts to elude, led officers toward the Western Oregon University campus.    “He’s notorious for high-speed chases,” Polk County Sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Isham said. “He knows if he’s crazy enough, police will not pursue him. He thought we would end pursuit once he got into the college because it’s highly populated.”    WOU Public Safety did not have time to put the campus in lockdown, Isham said.    Allison lost control of his vehicle near the university stadium and hit a parked car. He next rammed Latty’s patrol vehicle before getting back on the street and heading toward Independence.    Latty was uninjured, but his vehicle sustained heavy damage.    Monmouth Police Department helped provide cover as Allison headed east to Independence, where he hit another vehicle, driving into oncoming traffic in front of the Circle K on Monmouth Avenue.    Lt. Rick Igou, of Independence Police Department, successfully deflated the tires of the GMC using a spike strip placed on the road.    Allison was held at gunpoint, which is standard procedure in situations like this, Isham said.    “You don’t know why they’re running, don’t know if they have weapons,” he said. “Our deputy was by himself at that point (with backup on the way).”    An employee of the Independence police was able to alert crossing guards at Monmouth and Fourth streets, and also at Monmouth and Fifth streets to keep kids back before the pursuit reached those locations, Independence Police Chief Bob Mason said.    Polk County Sherriff’s Office is investigating the incident further, and asks that anyone who witnessed the event to call its non-emergency number at 503-623-9251.    

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