Chase Leads to Death Investigation

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LINN COUNTY, Ore. — Around 7:30 p.m. Friday night Oregon State Police got a driving complaint of a car speeding northbound on Interstate 5 just south of Eugene.

Police spotted the car around 8:00 p.m. near milepost 223 and attempted to pull the car over.

But the driver kept going to led a police on a chase for about 10 miles.

Oregon State Police say his speed got up to 100 miles per hour at times.

Troopers deployed spike strips and eventually caught up to him.

But when they got to his door they found the 41 year-old driver dead in his car.

“The officers eventually were able to approach the vehicle and then when they approached it they discovered there was a deceased 41 year-old male inside the vehicle with what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” said Lt. Gregg Hastings, Oregon State Police Public Information Officer.

Lt. Hastings says they don’t know why he was running from the police.

But the driver did have felony warrants out for his arrest and was driving on a suspended operators license.

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