UMPQUA, Ore. — A 23-year old Grants Pass man was arrested Sunday afternoon following multiple attempts to elude Oregon State Police troopers on a motorcycle in Douglas County.
The man was arrested by troopers when they found him hiding in the woods after he lost control of his motorcycle on a gravel county road in a remote area west of Umpqua.
Oregon State Police said a trooper attempted to stop a Suzuki R650 motorcycle on Sunday night. The motorcycle was northbound on Interstate 5 and was allegedly going 95 mph in a 65 mph speed zone.
OSP said the motorcyclist failed to yield and sped up to over 100 mph in a reckless manner passing other traffic. Due to the motorcyclist’s reckless operation, the trooper backed off and discontinued trying to get the motorcycle stopped near milepost 98 in the Canyonville area.
The motorcyclist continued to elude a couple of other OSP troopers near Roseburg at a high rate of speed. OSP Fish & Wildlife trooper spotted the motorcycle about 17 miles northwest of Roseburg near the town of Umpqua where the operator again attempted to elude westbound on Hubbard Creek Road for several miles. After the pavement ended and the motorcycle continued on the gravel portion of the roadway, the motorcyclist lost control and slid on its side. The operator fled on foot into the woods and was taken into custody by OSP troopers without further incident at approximately 12:28 p.m.
23-year-old Jeffrey B. Engebretson was checked out by paramedics before being cleared to be taken to the Douglas County Jail where he was charged with attempting to elude on a vehicle, reckless driving, and recklessly endangering another person. Engebretson admitted his speeds reached near 183 mph on Interstate 5 and over 140 mph on a county road while he eluded troopers on the motorcycle.