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Oregon woman faces charges after crashing allegedly stolen truck on I-5

By , Columbian staff writer

A woman crashed a stolen pickup into a cable median Wednesday morning on Interstate 5 near Ridgefield, blocking both directions of the freeway for about an hour, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Darla L. Cheek, 31, of Phoenix, Ore., crashed a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado around 11 a.m. near Exit 14 on southbound I-5. When Cheek tried to change lanes, she lost control of the truck, swerved to the left and hit the barrier, according to a State Patrol crash memo.

Cheek appeared Thursday in Cowlitz County Superior Court on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle and attempt to elude, court records show. Her bail was set at $7,500, and she is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 3.

The crash temporarily blocked both directions of I-5 while officers removed Cheek from the truck. She was not injured, the crash memo states.

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