A Chiloquin man, allegedly driving drunk and wanted on eight outstanding warrants, was arrested Thursday afternoon after leading police on a 10-mile car chase at speeds nearing 110 mph on Highway 97 and a US Forest Service road south of Gilchrist, troopers reported.
According to a news release, about 4:45 p.m. on June 14 Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper Don Newcomb was responding to a citizen’s report of a possible drunk driver traveling south on Highway 97 when he spotted a 1983 Ford pickup near milepost 192 crossing the centerline and traveling at 75 mph.
|Edwin Lee Harris - KCSO photo |
The trooper turned around and tried to stop the pickup, but the driver, Edwin Lee Harris, 45, of Chiloquin accelerated to 110 mph and led officers on a two-mile chase before he pulled over and stopped – only to take off once again as the trooper got out of his vehicle.
Harris sped off south on Highway 97, then drove east about eight miles on a US Forest Service road before exiting into a gravel pit and eventually stopping, troopers reported.
The trooper, assisted by a Klamath County Sheriff’s deputy, took Harris into custody at 5:05 p.m.
Harris was lodged in the Klamath County Jail and is being held without bail. New charges stemming from Thursday’s activities include felony attempting to elude in a vehicle and driving under the influence of intoxicants.
The outstanding warrants from Klamath County include failing to appear on second-degree assault charges, two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, two counts of failing to appear on driving under the influence of intoxicants, driving with a suspended license, felony hit and run, and perjury.