OSP: Man crashes stolen vehicle while driving wrong way on I-82
UMATILLA COUNTY, Ore. — A man who got away after crashing a stolen car while driving the wrong way on Interstate 82 was taken into custody on Tuesday, according to the Oregon State Police.
David Rushfeldt, 26, was initially caught speeding on Highway 730 in the Umatilla area around 8:30 p.m. when an Oregon State Trooper attempted to pull him over. The man stopped, let a passenger out of the car and sped off.
The trooper called off the chase a short time later because it was too dangerous, said OSP Lt. Mike Turner.
Later, a different state trooper said Rushfeldt nearly struck his patrol car head-on while driving the wrong way on Westland Road near Hermiston. The trooper turned around and began chasing after the suspect.
The chase led them to I-82 where the suspect again began driving toward oncoming traffic. He crashed into a fence near milepost 7 and ran away on foot, Turner said.
Rushfeldt escaped arrest that night but was tracked to an address in Morrow County the next day and was taken into custody around noon.
He was booked at the Umatilla County Jail on $100,000 bail for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, felony and misdemeanor attempting to elude, hit-and-run and reckless endangering.