75-year-old leads state trooper on 40-mile chase

MITCHELL, Ore. (AP) - Oregon State Police say a 75-year-old man who led a state trooper on a 40-mile, high-speed chase has been arrested near his central Oregon home.

Lt. Gregg Hastings said Monday that a trooper tried to stop a pickup truck Sunday afternoon on Oregon Highway 26 east of Prineville for failing to maintain a travel lane. The spokesman says the driver refused to pull over and raced off at speeds reaching nearly 85 mph.

During the chase, the pickup was involved in a minor non-injury crash and kept on going.

Wheeler County sheriff's officers assisted in the arrest of Kenneth Norman Cook for investigation of felony attempt to elude, reckless driving and reckless endangering. He was also cited for driving with a suspended license. Cook was released pending a future court appearance.

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