Azalea man arrested after leading Douglas County authorities on I-5 pursuit

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RIDDLE, Ore. -- Just before 10 p.m. Monday, a Douglas County Sheriff's deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a green 2002 Ford Explorer towing a flat bed utility trailer on Interstate 5 near milepost 103.

Police say instead of stopping, the driver accelerated, leading law enforcement on a pursuit southbound to milepost 76, where he then turned around and began driving north.

The driver attempted to avoid spike strips laid out by an Oregon State Police trooper at milepost 80 when he lost control and crashed the Explorer into trees in the median, the report says.

The driver, identified as 43-year-old Azalea resident Jacob Waylon Drusky, was transported to Mercy Medical Center for evaluation and later released into the custody of deputies.

He was lodged in the Douglas County Jail for Attempt to Elude Police - Vehicle, Reckless Endangering, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Interfering with Police Officer and Obstructing Governmental Administration.

He was also arrested on two warrants issued out of Coos County.

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