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Spike Strips Used to Stop Runaway Driver Near Pendleton

Oregon State Patrol uses spike strips to stop speeding driver
Oregon State Patrol uses spike strips to stop speeding driver (oregon.gov)

Oregon State Patrol troopers were in a wild chase of a woman Wednesday morning.

Just after 11:30 am,  OSP officers tried to pull over a 2006 Chevy Impala that was reported stolen from the Hermiston area.

Officers spotted the vehicle on I-84, Eastbound coming towards Pendleton.  After pursuing the car at very high rates of speed,  troopers were forced to use spike strips across the road to blow out the tires.    The car, driven by 31-year-old Amber Walling Copenhaver of Echo, OR, finally came to a stop without crashing.

She was taken into custody, facing at least four charges, including Felony Attempt to Elude in a Motor Vehicle.

Authorities said the car had been stolen from a family relative! Chances are, she won’t be invited to the next holiday family gathering.

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