Police: 30-mile chase ends when driver crashes into power pole

Police: 30-mile chase ends when driver crashes into power pole
(Photo: Oregon State Police)

SALEM, Ore. – Police arrested a man who they said led officers on a 30-mile car chase that ended when he crashed into a power pole in Marion County early Thursday morning.

It started when Canby officers tried to pull over an Audi A4 for a traffic violation just after 1 a.m., police said. The driver took off southbound on Highway 99E and led the officers on a chase through Hubbard, Woodburn and Gervais at speeds faster than 80 mph. Officers from those cities and Marion County sheriff’s deputies joined the chase.

Officers used spike strips, but police said the driver continued south on the highway for a short distance until he lost control of the car and it crashed into a power pole near Brooklake Road NE.

The driver ran from the car but he didn’t make it far before he was caught by a Marion County K-9.

The 43-year-old driver’s name has not been released.

Police called a power company to repair the pole.