Idaho teen flees Oregon police at 110 mph, crashes car - and pulls out a machete
LA GRANDE, Ore. - An Idaho teen fled Oregon State Police at speeds up to 110 mph before crashing into the woods along Interstate 84.
Then the 17-year-old Boise boy got out of the car - with a machete.
"Troopers were able to talk the suspect into dropping his weapon," state police said in a report, "and he was taken into custody for reckless driving, felony elude, and misdemeanor elude."
The situation started at 12:25 p.m. Wednesday when a state trooper attempted to stop a green 1997 Toyota Camry for speeding in the westbound lanes of I-84 near North Powder, Oregon.
"The vehicle continued to drive in a reckless manner at speeds over 110 MPH and the attempt to stop it was terminated and Troopers disengaged due to safety reasons," state police said.
Another trooper picked up the chase 20 miles down the road, west of La Grande.
The teen crashed into a guardrail and into the woods a mile later, where the interstate follows curves in the Grande Ronde River.
"The driver exited the vehicle armed with a machete," state police said, "and after a brief standoff, fled on foot."
Troopers ran down the boy and convinced him to drop his weapon.
Meanwhile, firefighters responded as flames engulfed the wreckage of the car.