Lebanon hit-and-run suspect arrested at Willamette Speedway

An officer reportedly witnessed the man speed through a stop sign, crashing into another vehicle before running from the scene.

Posted: Sep 13, 2021 11:55 AM

LEBANON, Ore. – A man is facing several charges after police say an officer spotted him speeding through a stop sign, colliding with another driver.

Christopher Hanson, 30, is accused of running from the scene of the crash with a male passenger, and the female driver that was hit was taken to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center with likely serious injuries.

It happened just before 10 a.m. Sunday, at the intersection of West Airport Road and South 12th Street.

Hanson had reportedly been headed south on 12th Street when he hit the woman’s car, which was headed west on Airport Road. The two vehicles stopped in the yard of a home in the area, and a trailer and shed on the property were extensively damaged.

Authorities from multiple agencies joined the search for Hanson, who was later located and taken into custody at the Willamette Speedway. The male passenger was not found.

Police say they have had numerous contacts with Hanson, also known as Christopher Hanson-Eilers, including previous arrests for traffic crimes. He now faces charges of third-degree assault, felony and misdemeanor failure to perform the duties of a driver, reckless driving, criminal mischief and misdemeanor driving while suspended.

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