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Mind boggling effort to elude OSP troopers

Jeffrey Engebretson, 23
Fled OSP at 183 mph on racing motorcycle
Douglas County Jail photo

From Oregon State Police

A 23-year old Grants Pass man was arrested Sunday afternoon following attempts to elude Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers on a motorcycle in Douglas County. The man was arrested by troopers when they found him hiding in the woods after he lost control of his motorcycle on a gravel county road in a remote area west of Umpqua.

An OSP trooper, on Sunday morning, tried to stop a Suzuki R650 motorcycle northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 81 for going 95 mph in a 65 mph speed zone. The motorcyclist failed to yield and sped up to over 100 mph in a reckless manner passing other traffic. Due to the motorcyclist’s reckless operation and a safety threat to himself and to others, the trooper backed off and discontinued the pursuit in the Canyonville area.

Two other OSP troopers set up south of Roseburg and spotted the motorcycle near milepost 119 where they tried to stop it again. The motorcyclist again failed to yield and sped off at a high rate of speed, passing a third trooper near milepost 123 and exiting the freeway at Garden Valley Boulevard. As the motorcycle headed westbound, troopers again lost sight of it.

An OSP Fish & Wildlife trooper spotted the motorcycle about 17 miles northwest of Roseburg near the town of Umpqua where the motorcyclist again failed to pull over on Hubbard Creek Road speeding away for several miles. When the pavement ended and turned to gravel, the motorcyclist lost control and it slid onto its side. The operator ran off into the woods but was eventually taken into custody by OSP troopers without further incident. The motorcyclist admitted that he reached speeds of over 180 mph on Interstate 5 and 140 mph on county roads as he fled troopers. He was riding a Suzuki racing motorcycle.

Operator JEFFREY B. ENGEBRETSON, age 23, from Grants Pass, was checked out by paramedics before being cleared to be taken to the Douglas County Jail where he was lodged on the following charges:

* Felony Attempt to Elude on a Vehicle (2 counts)
* Reckless Driving (2 counts)
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person

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