Police: Portland man, 18, arrested after driving 120 mph on I-5

SALEM, Ore. – An 18-year-old Portland man was taken into custody after state police said he tried to elude a trooper at more than 120 mph on Interstate 5 Tuesday night.

A trooper spotted an Acura passenger car heading north on I-5 at 95 mph in the Salem area just after 10 p.m., according to state police spokesman Lt. Gregg Hastings. The trooper caught up to the Acura three miles up the freeway and tried to pull the car over, but the suspect accelerated to over 120 mph.

The driver, Oliver Brassard, slowed to 105 mph and eventually stopped the car north of the Keizer interchange, police said. The trooper took Brassard into custody with the help of Keizer police.

Brassard faces one count of felony attempt to elude in a vehicle. Police also cited him for exceeding the posted speed in excess of 100 mph.

Cars crash during traffic stop

During the traffic stop, police said a northbound driver slowed down to about 15 mph to see what was happening, causing a crash with another northbound vehicle. No one was hurt in that crash.

State police are reminding all drivers to pay attention to what’s in front of them and avoid distractions . April is “National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.”