Lincoln City Police arrest 30-year-old Glenn L. Thompson of Salem, Oregon after he led them on a high speed vehicle pursuit.
Wednesday evening an LC Police Officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a black BMW on Hwy 101 near the clover-leaf of Hwy 18 for a traffic violation. The BMW driver failed to stop and sped away, with the police officer in pursuit. A Lincoln County Sheriff Deputy, who was in the area, joined in the pursuit. The fleeing vehicle turned onto North Bank Road and eventually made its way back to HWY 18 at the Rose Lodge Store. It then turned westbound on Hwy 18 heading towards Lincoln City. While on Hwy 18 the driver of the BMW drove into the on-coming lane of traffic causing other vehicles to take evasive action and at times was driving over 100 miles per hour.
Additional LC Police Officers and an Oregon State Police Trooper responded to assist, with one Lincoln City officer stopping in the area of HWY 101 near the Neotsu Post Office to set up a “Stop Stick” deployment. As the suspect vehicle traveled through that area the officer’s stop sticks were able to deflate 3 out of the 4 tires. None-the-less the pursuit continued into Lincoln City as the tires on the suspect vehicled continued to go flat. With three flat tires the driver finely stopped his vehicle on Highway 101 directly in front of TLC Credit Union, ending the pursuit.
A felony traffic stop was conducted and the driver was taken into custody. He was alone in the car. The driver, identified as 30-year-old Glenn L. Thompson, was initially transported to the Lincoln City Police Department and later transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he was lodged on charges of Felony Elude, Reckless Driving and Reckless Endangering. Thompson was also subsequently cited for Driving on a suspended license.
The Lincoln City Police would like to thank the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Police for their assistance with this incident and officers were thankful there were no injuries or other property damage during the pursuit.