On March 24, 2014, Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers arrested a 26-year old male Monday afternoon on traffic-related charges after more than 15 citizens called in driving complaints as he drove southbound on Interstate 5 from the Wilsonville area toward Salem. The driver was lodged in Marion County Jail for Reckless Driving and 18 counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person.
On March 24, 2014 at approximately 12:35 p.m., the first of several citizen driving complaints were phoned in to OSP Northern Command Center of a gold passenger car, later identified as a 1999 Ford Taurus, southbound on Interstate 5 at high speeds, passing on shoulders, and using all three lanes of traffic.
At 12:50 p.m. an OSP trooper got visual on the vehicle near Brooks and as it had slowed down approaching the Salem area. After exiting Interstate 5 onto Salem Parkway Avenue, at approximately 12:53 p.m. the trooper attempted a traffic stop but the driver failed to yield to the trooper’s patrol car until stopping near Hyacinth Street NE.
OSP troopers took the driver into custody without incident.
OSP and ODOT remind everyone traveling – bicyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and motorists – that they have the individual responsibility for keeping our roads safe. As in this incident, immediately report aggressive, dangerous and intoxicated drivers to 9-1-1 or call OSP at 1-800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865).