Slow-speed chase ends when truck gets stuck in traffic

Slow-speed chase ends when truck gets stuck in traffic
Tiffany Marie Westmoreland

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. -- A Salem woman led police on a slow-speed chase that ended when her pickup truck got stuck in traffic, Oregon State Police said.

Troopers arrested Tiffany Marie Westmoreland, 24, on charges of DUII, reckless driving, attempt to elude and recklessly endangering another person.

Westmoreland was also wanted on a felony warrant out of Clackamas County for fail to appear on a charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

She was also driving with a suspended license, police said.

Her 79-year-old male passenger, who was also visibly intoxicated, was not charged, police said.

The case started just after 3 p.m. with report of an erratically driven pickup on Highway 18 west of McMinnville.

An Oregon State Police trooper saw the pickup with a long line of traffic backed up behind it.

The trooper tried to stop the pickup as it entered McMinnville, but Westmoreland kept going, police said.

With lights and siren on, the trooper followed the truck as Westmoreland slowly drove through McMinnville for several minutes.

The truck finally came to a stop when it got stuck in traffic and the trooper was able to walk up to the truck and open the door.