Woman with 4 blown-out tires leads Ore. troopers on low-speed chase

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Police took a woman in for a mental health examination early Sunday morning after they say she led state troopers on a low-speed chase through Springfield. The woman eventually stopped her car after police punctured all four of her tires, officials said.

The incident started as a regular traffic stop along South A St. in Springfield just after midnight. Police said the driver, later identified as a 19-year-old California woman, failed to stop for the patrol car.

The woman continued to drive her Mitsubishi Outlander east on Main at around 45-50 miles per hour before eventually heading west on Highway 126W, officials said.

A state trooper set up a spike strip on Mohawk Blvd., puncturing her tires on the passenger side. Police said another spike strip punctured the driver's side tires near the Pioneer Parkway exit.

State officials said the chase ended about 10 minutes after it began when the woman stopped on Hwy 126W at milepost 3.

Police said the woman ignored their requests, so they physically removed her from the vehicle.

The woman was taken to Sacred heart at RiverBend for a mental health evaluation. She was not physically hurt in the chase.

Police said there is a felony attempt to elude charge pending their investigation.