SUTHERLIN, Ore. -- A Eugene woman was arrested for DUII Saturday afternoon after police caught her driving over 100 miles per hour on Interstate 5 with heroin inside the car, state police officials said.
Police dispatchers started getting calls at around 1 p.m. Saturday from people reporting a woman driving erratically on I-5 in a green Honda Accord, heading north near Roseburg. Witnesses said the driver had been passing other traffic on the shoulder of the road, following too close and speeding at over 100 mph.
Officials said that two state police Fish & Wildlife troopers saw the Honda driving aggressively through other traffic in the Sutherlin area.
The troopers said they had a hard time keeping the car in sight as the woman, later identified as 34-year-old Terra McCormick, continued north on the interstate.
McCormick eventually slowed down near milepost 144 when she was blocked by a commercial truck and RV driving next to each other. Officials said the larger vehicles slowed McCormick down enough for the two pursuing troopers to safely pull her car over.
The troopers immediately took McCormick into custody. During a vehicle search they located four syringes with a substance they believed was heroin, officials said.
McCormick was booked at the Douglas County Jail for DUII, reckless driving, and unlawful possession of heroin. She was also cited for refusing a breath test, open container of alcohol, driving on a suspended license and exceeding the posted speed limit in excess of 100 mph.
Officials said that the witness calls were a great help in safely getting McCormick off the road. Drivers can report possible intoxicated or dangerous drivers to 9-1-1 or your state law enforcement agency's dispatch center. In Oregon, report dangerous driving along state highways and Interstate 5 to 1-800-24DRUNK (1-800-243-7865).
From Oregon State Police:
Law enforcement officers from California Highway Patrol (CHP), Washington State Patrol (WSP), and Oregon State Police (OSP) continue to partner Sunday during the "I-5 Challenge" to help travelers get through the Thanksgiving Holiday extended weekend with zero fatalities. One incident on Saturday afternoon is an example of how the public is helping prevent dangerous drivers from causing a tragic crash.
Both troopers said this was the worst driving they have witnessed in their careers and the driver would have been involved in a collision if they weren't in the area to get it stopped with the help of citizens' complaints.
During the stop, two citizens pulled over and gave statements to the troopers about the suspect's driving and how frightened they were. Other motorists slowed as they drove by the stop scene, cheering and pumping their fists in the air in appreciation for the trooper's stopping the car.
Since 1970, 238 people have died on Oregon roads during the Thanksgiving holiday period. Last year two people died in 2 separate crashes, neither occurring on Interstate 5. OSP is aware of one traffic fatality during this year's holiday period in Oregon which happened in Linn County early Thanksgiving morning.
State Police & Oregon Department of Transportation holiday driving safety tips:
Getting Ready for the Trip:
* Plan ahead to give yourself plenty of extra time to get to your destination.
* Stay informed about weather and road conditions, potential traffic hazards and highway closures in Oregon by visiting TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1
* Make sure your vehicle is ready for winter driving starting with good tires, a good battery, and a full tank of gas.
* Make sure your heater, defroster and windshield wipers are working properly; clear windows and headlights before you leave.
* Heading towards snow or ice? Practice putting your chains on before you head out! * Carry an emergency kit and chains or traction tires, especially if traveling over mountain passes.
* Snacks and bottled water also are a good idea for long trips, especially with children.
* Carry a map in case weather or road conditions force you to take a detour. Keep family members or friends aware of any significant changes in your planned route before you take the unplanned route.
* Get plenty of rest before you leave on any trip.
* Make sure everyone is using safety restraints and secure any cargo.
* Always have a designated driver for any holiday activities that include alcohol.
On the Road:
* Drive according to conditions. If it's wet, icy, snowy or foggy, slow down and increase your following distance behind other vehicles to at least a four-second distance. Keep in mind that conditions may not be perfect to drive at the posted speed.
* Use headlights even in daylight to help other drivers see you.
* Don't use cruise control in wet, icy, snowy or foggy conditions.
* In snow or ice, remember that bridges and overpasses are the first to freeze and the last to thaw; be alert!
* Be patient with all the other traffic on the highways.
* Watch out for pedestrians now that the days are shorter and darker, and remember they're often in dark clothing.
* If you get tired or drowsy, stop and rest during your trip or get a rested and sober licensed driver behind the wheel.
* There are still many construction zones on our highways, and even though work will be inactive over the holiday weekend there may be equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway. Stay alert and slow down because all work zone speed limits still apply and fines increase in these areas.
* Don't drink and drive or get into a vehicle with a driver who has been drinking.