Car Thief Ejected At 100 MPH After Chase in Oregon
A car thief apparently survived being ejected from a car traveling over 100 mph during a Veteran's Day night car chase.
Around 7:44pm, Morrow County Sheriff's Deputy Oscar Madrigal saw a Black 1993 Honda pull out of the parking lot of the Harvest Foods Grocery Store in Boardman, but without it's lights on. He noticed it first because the driver sped away at an obviously illegal rate of speed. The Deputy light up the driver, but they refused to stop.
Deputy Madrigal learned during the pursuit the reason the driver was speeding was the car was reported stolen. Eventually the pursuit ended up westbound on I-84, with speeds exceeding 112 mph! Deputy Madrigal by this time had requested assistance and Oregon State Patrol and other units were also responding.
Near the Boardman Rest stop, the Honda tried to pass a semi, but as the driver yanked the car back into the right hand lane, they lost control, left the road and rolled numerous times. According to Sheriff's reports, the driver, identified as Jeffrey Scott Connors, was ejected and found near the scene suffering from head wounds. He was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Hermiston after being treated at the scene.
His condition is not known, but he's facing a slew of charges. During the early stage of the pursuit, the area 911 dispatcher received a call from the car's legal owner, saying she could see her vehicle driving away down the road with a Sheriff's car behind it, lights flashing. No one else was injured in the incident.