EUGENE, Ore. — A Washington man is in custody, accused of stealing a car, shooting at a truck driver, and leading police on a high speed chase, up and down Interstate 5 Monday.
Oregon State Police say 24-year-old James Voshell, of Tacoma, first eluded Lebanon Police driving a stolen car.
Troopers say shortly after that incident, a citizen called OSP to report a car with Washington license plates speeding along southbound I-5. That’s when troopers waiting for the car, spotted it around Coburg, and gave chase. They say the troopers tried to stop Voshell around the Belt Line Road exit near Eugene, but he sped up to more than 100-miles-per-hour, weaving through traffic, even passing vehicles on the shoulder, to get away.
OSP says the troopers backed off, and alerted Cottage Grove Police to deploy spike strips to help stop the car. Officers say Voshell avoided a first pair of spike strips near milepost 176, but ran over a second pair near milepost 174, which deflated the front left tire.
Voshell then allegedly exited I-5 at London Road, just south of Cottage Grove, and returned northbound on the freeway, and started driving at speeds between 80-90 miles-per-hour, with just three tires.
OSP says the car exited I-5 in Creswell, and turned onto East Cloverdale Road, where a trooper was able to stop the car, but not Voshell. They say he jumped out and ran for about a half of a block before troopers were able to grab him and take him into custody.
During a search of the stolen car, officers say they found a handgun and meth.
Investigators say while Voshell was driving back northbound, he shot out the car’s passenger side window with a handgun, possibly hitting a semi-truck with the gunshot. The truck is described as a late model Freightliner conventional style cab, pulling a white box semi-trailer. OSP is looking to speak to that truck driver, who may be unaware of the damage.
James Voshell faces several charges including, 10 counts of recklessly endangering another person, attempting to elude in a vehicle, attempting to elude on foot, reckless driving, possession of meth, and carrying a concealed weapon.