"It was insane": Witnesses describe high speed chase

"He pretty much would have had to open the door while the car was almost in air still to get out that fast," said one witness.

Posted: Jan 18, 2020 6:09 PM
Updated: Jan 18, 2020 6:56 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. --  Witnesses say they're surprised the driver is OK after a high-speed chase that ended in a dramatic crash in Springfield.


They say it happened in the blink of an eye.

"By the time I could get to the stoplight he was already out of his car," said Zach Stevens, a witness of the crash.

A simple traffic violation turned to a high-speed chase when a man refused to pull over after police pursued him for failing to use a turn signal, and instead took off.

It happened around 11:40 p.m. Friday night and ended six-minutes later after Springfield Police deployed spike strips.

Stevens witnessed the crash and said the most shocking part is how this man escaped his car unscathed.

"He pretty much would have had to open the door while the car was almost in the air still to get out that fast," Stevens began. "It all happened directly in front of us and I never saw him exit the vehicle."

Jon Hileman lives nearby and he said the driver speeds by his house often.

"It's annoying," said Hileman. "It's like every other night he goes speeding down our street at the same time, around midnight."

Local businesses told me that this stretch of road was without power for most of Saturday morning and that the Springfield Utility Board had crews repairing a completely destroyed utility pole.

The driver of the vehicle was taken to the hospital with minor injuries from a dog bite he sustained while being detained by a police K9.

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