Motorcycle Rider Reaches High Speeds In Attempt To Flee Police on I-5

By Jim McCoy Mon 11th February NewsJeffrey Engebretsonmotorcycle chaseOregon State Police
A Grants Pass man was arrested in Douglas County Sunday after trying to elude police on motorcycle. At 11:44 a.m., an Oregon state trooper attempted to stop a Suzuki R650 operated by 23-year old Jeffrey Engebretson near milepost 81, when the rider was clocked at a speed of 95 miles per hour. When the rider began weaving in and out of traffic at speeds over 100, police backed off. Police tried a second time to stop Engebretson near milepost 119, but he refused top stop. He passed another trooper at milepost 123 near the Douglas County Fairgrounds. The rider pulled off the freeway at Exit 125, heading west. The troopers lost sight of the motorcycle. Engebretson was later spotted 17 miles northwest of Roseburg, near Umpqua and a pursuit resumed up Hubbard Creek Road. He lost control and crashed the motorcycle on a gravel portion of a county road. Engebretson was arrested after trying to flee on foot. He was checked out by paramedics, and was cleared to be taken into custody. Engebretson faces two counts of attempting to elude on a vehicle, two counts of reckless driving and reckless endangering another person. He reportedly admitted to reaching speeds of 183 mph on the freeway, and 140 mph on a county road.

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