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75-year-old woman arrested after 112 mph pursuit in Oregon

During the pursuit, police spiked the woman’s tires at least seven times, but she kept going

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By Kevin Opsahl
Mail Tribune

MEDFORD, Ore. — A 75-year-old woman was arrested early Saturday morning after leading police on a high-speed chase on Interstate 5 from Merlin to Ashland.

Josephine County Sheriff’s Office deputies clocked the car traveling at 112 mph on the interstate near Merlin just before midnight Friday. The driver failed to stop when deputies sounded their sirens, and when the woman passed into Jackson County, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office took over the chase.

During the pursuit, police spiked the woman’s tires at least seven times, but she kept going, according to a post on the JCSO Facebook page. The woman drove without tires from Central Point to exit 14 in Ashland. At that point, police used a Pursuit Intervention Technique to stop the vehicle.

The incident came and went without injuries, according to the sheriff’s office.

“Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon did a great job coordinating the multiple agencies leading to a successful and safe resolution of the pursuit,” the post stated.

The sheriff’s office also credited Oregon State Police, as well as Rogue River, Central Point, Medford, Phoenix, Talent and Ashland officers with assisting with the incident.

The sheriff’s office did not immediately release the woman’s name.

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