Driver flees police at high speed, crashes on gravel road

BROOKINGS, Ore. - A driver who sped away from a state trooper at 80 mph on Highway 101 south of Brookings crashed on a gravel road and wound up in jail, state police said.

Brett Andrew Carpenter, 31, of Brookings lost control of his Dodge pickup on a gravel Forest Service Road. The truck overturned into an embankment.

Carpenter was not hurt. He was taken to the Curry County Jail and booked on charges of felony attempt to elude, reckless driving and driving with a suspended license.

The chase took 13 minutes from start to finish, state police said, but covered over 10 miles.

Just after 11 p.m., a trooper tried to pull over a 2002 Dodge pickup on Highway 101 south of Brookings for doing 65 in a 35 mph zone.

The driver sped off, accelerating to 80 mph, police said, before turning east on Winchuck River Road.

About 10 miles off the highway, the driver turned onto a gravel road and lost control.

Police took Carpenter into custody after the crash.

OSP was assisted during this incident and at the scene by Curry County Sheriff's Office, Brookings Police Department, Harbor Fire Department, and Winchuck Fire Department.