Hitchhiker's ride ends in Coburg after police chase

Hitchhiker Lee Carr said the pair seemed nice at first, but he feared for his life when they were going 120 miles an hour and he told the driver to stop.

Posted: Apr 9, 2020 4:27 PM
Updated: Apr 9, 2020 6:44 PM

COBURG, Ore. -- A hitchhiker heading through Oregon had his wild ride end in Coburg after a police chase down Interstate 5.

Lt. Ryan Martin of Oregon State Police said troopers first spotted a gray car speeding on I-5 south near Albany at around 2:30 p.m. He said troopers tried to get the car to pull over, but the driver kept going.

Police later spotted the car taking the Coburg Road exit and followed it. Martin said the driver stopped the car on Abbey Road, and the driver and another passenger ran.

With the help of a Springfield police dog, police were able to track down both people.

Hitchhiker Lee Carr was also in the vehicle. He stayed in the car when police arrived. Martin said they were able to confirm with the Linn County Sheriff's Office that he was just hitching a ride.

Carr said the pair seemed nice at first, but he feared for his life when they were going 120 miles an hour and he told the driver to stop.

"They almost took out two semis back there on the freeway," Carr said. "I thank god they wouldn't flip and nobody was killed, know what I'm saying? I just thank god on that man."

Martin said Carr was not charged and the charges against the other two are pending. Carr said his hitchhiking days are not done. He's heading to San Diego to start a new life.

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