Just before 4am this morning, Lincoln City Police Officer Jason Spano attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a black 1997 Honda Accord for a traffic violation. The vehicle, which was traveling northbound on Highway 101 near SW 48th, rapidly accelerated away. Officer Spano activated his siren and overhead flashing lights and took off after it.
The the fleeing Honda reached speeds of up to 90 mph. At that time of the morning the streets are nearly empty.
Near 9th, the driver drove his vehicle over a raised median, causing damage to the right front tire which caused the driver to lose control – the car spinning out on 101 at SW Galley.
Driver Sean Sills, 26, of Stayton and Scott Tanner, 29 of Salem took off running. But by then additional officers were on hand and between them chased down the two fugitives.
As it turned out Tanner, the passenger, had a no-bail felony warrant for Parole Violation out of Marion County. He was booked into the Lincoln County Jail on the warrant. Sills, was charged with Felony Elude, Misdemeanor Elude, Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver when Property is Damaged (hit and run), Reckless Endangering, Reckless Driving and Driving While Suspended. He was lodged in the Lincoln County Jail on $110,000 bail.