Police: Wanted man apparently kills himself after I-5 chase

ALBANY, Ore. -- A driver was found shot dead inside a car Friday night after a high-speed chase with state police along Interstate 5.

Police said the gunshot was apparently self-inflicted. The man had felony warrants and was driving with a suspended license, police said. His name has not been released.

Police said the incident started just before 7:30 p.m. Friday with a driving complaint called in about a car headed north on I-5 near Eugene.

A state trooper spotted the described vehicle nearly a half hour later south of the Corvallis exit. Officials said the driver sped off when the trooper tried pulling the car over.

Police punctured at least one of the speeding car's tires with a spike strip just south of Albany. The vehicle went into the grassy area to the right of the freeway and rolled to a stop, troopers said.

After police blocked off I-5 traffic for safety, troopers approached the car and found the driver dead from a gunshot wound.

Linn County Sheriff's Deputies and Albany Police assisted Oregon State Police with the incident. I-5 northbound was limited to one lane near the scene while police conducted their investigation.