SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Springfield Police said what started as a traffic stop, quickly turned into a pursuit and ended with a car crashing into the ARCO sign off of Gateway Street. They told KEZI that they believe the driver was under the influence of alcohol.
Shortly after 10:00 Saturday night, an officer attempted to pull over a woman driving westbound on I-105. They said she continued driving onto I-5, where she pulled over briefly, then took off again.
Police said she drove over a concrete median on Beltline and then crashed into the large ARCO sign in front of the gas station. Police said she was attempting to turn north onto Gateway Street, but couldn't negotiate the turn.
They said the car started on fire and Eugene Springfield Fire was called out to the scene. They extinguished the flames and took her out of the car. Police said she suffered some injuries, and she was taken to the hospital.
Police are investigating this crash as DUII and believe alcohol may have been a contributing factor.