Boy, 15, survives crash after fleeing police at 90 mph in parent's car
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - A 15-year-old boy in his parent's car sped away from police at 90 mph early Thursday morning before crashing into support beams on the Springfield Bridge, police said.
The driver was taken to the hospital for observation.
The car was totaled in the crash, but the boy appeared to escape serious injury, police said.
The chase started when an officer making a traffic stop saw a car speed by him on Main Street just before 1:30 a.m. Thursday.
Another officer located the car doing 70 mph and attempted to pull it over.
Instead, the driver accelerated to 90 mph, police said.
Two minutes after the chase began, the car crashed on the bridge. The hit to the support beams caused the bridge to be closed for 2 hours until Oregon DOT could inspect the damage. The bridge is open, but ODOT will have to make some repairs, police said.
The driver faces charges of Attempt to Elude, Reckless Driving, Criminal Mischief I and No Operators License.