Police arrest one of Salem's most wanted after chase

SALEM, Ore. - State police arrested a Keizer man who was one of the Salem Police Department's most wanted after a police chase Thursday night.

Alberto Contreras, 33, was wanted on drugs and weapons charges.

The incident started when a state police trooper attempted to stop a car for traffic violations on Interstate 5 just after 11:30 p.m. Police said the driver pulled the car over toward the shoulder and slowed down, then sped away.

Police followed the car into Salem where the chase continued on several streets. Marion County sheriff's deputies and Salem police officers joined the chase.

The driver reached a dead end, where police arrested him without further incident. Police said when officers approached the car, they saw methamphetamine spilled inside the vehicle, along with other evidence.

They arrested Contreras on the following charges:

  • Fail to Appear - Bench Warrant for Delivery of Methamphetamine (Marion County warrant)

  • Fail to Appear - Bench Warrant for Weapons Charge (US Marshals warrant)

  • Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle

  • Reckless Driving

  • Recklessly Endangering Another Person (2 counts)

  • Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine

Police took Contreras to the Marion County Jail. His two female passengers were not arrested.