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Car fire on 101 south of Ona Beach following high speed chase

Vehicles stopped on Huckleberry Hill just south of Ona Beach Loop.

Vehicles stopped on
Huckleberry Hill just south of Ona Beach Loop.

Traffic backed up south of ODOT yard as fleeing driver was arrested.

Traffic backed up south of ODOT yard as fleeing driver was arrested.

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A Silver Honda burst into flame soon after law enforcement caught up with the driver after a long high speed chase on Highway 101 from north of Newport to just south of Ona Beach.

Witnesses say the chase began near Beverly Beach north of Newport with an Oregon State Police trooper in pursuit. They blew through Newport, the fleeing Honda hittting a vehicle at Highway 20 and 101, then raced over the bridge continuing south.

Spike strips were deployed at Lost Creek and at the top of the rise after the Ona Beach Loop, near the ODOT yard where the vehicle was finally stopped. Witnesses say the driver was promptly taken into custody. Then the vehicle caught fire.

No word yet on why OSP wanted him or if there were any injuries from the collision on Highway 101 at Highway 20.

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