SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – A 15-year-old in his parents’ SUV led police on a high-speed chase this morning before crashing on the Springfield Bridge.
Springfield police say it started around 1:30 a.m. when an officer spotted a dark-colored Suburban near Chapman and Main. They say the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed, at one point reaching 90 mph.
An officer pursued the driver west on Main, but was unable to match the Suburban’s speed due to safety concerns. Officer Tom Speldrich of the Springfield Police Department said at one point he lost sight of the car.
“As we came into the lower-speed areas the vehicle began running red lights, and so myself and the other officer that was chasing it began to back off because speeds were just too extreme,” Speldrich said.
When officers arrived at the Springfield Bridge they discovered the Suburban had crashed, leaving a wide debris field on the road. The driver crawled out of the vehicle and was taken by ambulance to a hospital. Police said he appeared alert and conscious.
He was later charged with attempting to elude, reckless driving, criminal mischief and driving without a license.
His name is not being released because of his age.
The bridge was closed for a short time while O-DOT inspectors checked the structure for damage. It reopened around 3 a.m.