Woodland teen taken into custody after 45-mile high-speed chase on I-5

By Paul Suarez, Columbian freelance

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A 15-year-old boy from Woodland was taken into custody Friday morning after he attempted to elude police from California and Oregon on a 45-mile stretch of Interstate 5, police said.

The California Highway Patrol contacted Oregon State Police around 9 a.m. Friday to notify troopers that a blue 1991 Geo Metro was attempting to elude officers northbound on I-5 approaching the Oregon border, an OSP news bulletin said.

According to the release, California police followed the car, which at times reached speeds over 100 mph, into Oregon. The car avoided a spike strip near Milepost 14 but ran into another strip near Milepost 19 that deflated the car’s left rear tire. The driver continued north and pulled the car over near Milepost 22, the release said.

Officers from multiple agencies initiated a felony stop and took the 15-year-old into custody, the release said.

The teen was booked into the Jackson County Juvenile Justice Center on suspicion of felony attempt to elude in a vehicle and reckless driving.

The teen was not listed as a runaway. His car was registered to his sister and not reported stolen, state police said.