EUGENE, Ore. — The Hughes family had an earlier than normal start to their Saturday, after a high speed chase ended in a crash right in front of their house.
“We were sleeping and it sounded like an earthquake and so we sat up and then we heard police sirens and came out here to see what was going on,” said Stacy Hughes.
Just before four Saturday morning Oregon State Police said a trooper pulled over a woman who lied about her identity and then sped away, leading officers on a chase. After a few miles the woman crashed into a parked car.
“It hit it all the way over there and pushed it all the way over here, I mean there was parts, car parts in my flowerbed, all over the place, all over the entire yard,” said Hughes.
Police said when the car crashed it overturned and started smoking. Officers had to help the female driver and her two passengers get out of the car. Emergency crews later transported the female driver to the hospital with serious injuries.
Those who witnessed the crash said they’re happy no one else was hurt. “Very, very happy. It looked like the tree saved it from going into the house, so very scary,” said Hughes.
While her family will spend the next few days cleaning up the mess in their front yard, police are still trying to identify the driver of the car because they say she is not cooperating with their investigation.
OSP said it will be turning the case over to the Lane County District Attorney’s office. The driver is facing charges of attempting to elude, reckless driving, reckless endangering, criminal mischief, and giving false information to an officer.