Chase ends in arrest of Springfield man for reckless driving, 104 mph in a 55 zone and no driver’s license or insurance.
From Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office
On October Monday at approximately 10:24am, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy Rene Lopez was patrolling Highway 20 in the area of milepost 27 when he noticed a gold Honda Accord approaching him heading westbound. The vehicle appeared to be traveling at a high rate of speed. Upon checking his radar, Deputy Lopez observed the vehicle was traveling at 104 miles per hour as it passed him in the opposite direction. Deputy Lopez activated his overhead emergency lights and turned around in an attempt to stop the vehicle. Deputy Lopez lost sight of the vehicle as it continued to accelerate westbound. After checking the area, Deputy Lopez continued to the intersection of Brush Trail Lane and found the vehicle had crashed into the ditch off the north side of the highway. Shortly after, Deputy Lopez was flagged down by two bystanders at the crash scene who informed him that the driver had fled the scene.
One of the bystanders identified the driver and only occupant of the vehicle as his son-in-law, 42 year old Martin Joe Patrick, of Springfield, OR.
After approximately 20 minutes of hiding in the brush Patrick came out and turned himself in. Patrick admitted to being the driver of the vehicle and then fleeing from the scene after he crashed.
Patrick was taken into custody for Reckless Driving and cited for Violation of Basic Speed Rule, Failure to Carry Proof of Financial Responsibility and Operating A Motor Vehicle Without Driving Privileges.
Patrick was transported and lodged in the Lincoln County Jail. His bail was set at $15,000.00.