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Vancouver man involved in police pursuit that spans two counties in Oregon

By Chrissy Booker, Columbian staff writer
Published: April 29, 2024, 5:22pm

Police in Oregon chased a Vancouver man suspected of reckless driving Saturday afternoon.

Shortly after 1 p.m., a deputy from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon observed a minivan speeding on Highway 20 near Crystal Creek Loop in Eddyville, Ore. After the deputy stopped the minivan, the driver, who was later identified as 33-year-old Gregory Noll of Vancouver, was uncooperative and refused to follow the deputy’s commands, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

The deputy used a Taser on Noll, but Noll returned to his vehicle and fled east on Highway 20, according to the sheriff’s office.

The deputy pursued Noll east into Benton County, Ore. Spike strips were used several times, but Noll swerved around them, according to the sheriff’s office. The Benton County Sheriff’s Office took over the pursuit once Noll drove east toward Philomath in Oregon. He then turned around and drove west on Highway 20 back into Lincoln County.

The vehicle’s tires were eventually deflated by a spike strip used near Highway 20 and Pioneer Mountain Loop by a sergeant with the Oregon State Police. The pursuit ended on Highway 20 west of Pioneer Mountain Loop.

Noll later exited the vehicle and was taken into custody at the Lincoln County Jail in Newport, Ore.

He was booked on suspicion of reckless driving, attempt to elude, driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless endangering, interfering with a police officer and offensive littering. No injuries were reported from the incident.