Nothing except spike strips stopped this 91-year-old driver
NEAR THE DALLES, Ore. - Police had closed a section of Interstate 84 on Thursday while they conducted an investigation into a shooting that left a trooper injured and a suspect dead.
The was closure was between Biggs Junction and The Dalles.
According to Oregon State Police, at about 5:30 p.m. 91-year-old Marseill William Gunnyon drove into the closed-off section and approached the scene of the investigation in his 2001 Chevrolet Blazer. Troopers told him to turn around. He did but then drove west in the eastbound lanes.
Troopers said oncoming traffic had to get out of his way until he crossed the median and into the westbound lanes of the interstate.
An 80 mph chase ensued and police said Gunnyon steered into the side of an OSP patrol car when it pulled up alongside him. The strike damaged the patrol car, knocking it out of the chase.
Police deployed spike strips, which took out three of the Blazer's tires. Still, Gunnyon continued driving until he reached an exit and left the freeway.
He drove to the front parking lot of OSP's command center in The Dalles where he was arrested.
Gunnyon faces charges of felony attempt to elude in a vehicle, reckless driving and misdemeanor hit-and-run.
Police said he wasn't under the influence of alcohol and had a valid driver's license.