Wanted woman leads police on wrong-way chase up I-5
ALBANY, Ore. -- Two women who were wanted by authorities are behind bars after a chase that ended in Corvallis.
Officials say an Albany officer tried to stop a Cadillac for a traffic violation just before 1 a.m. on Friday.
The driver sped off on Knox Butte Road and Oregon State Police and Linn County Sheriff's deputies responded to help chase down the car.
Deputies used spike strips on the vehicle and got the right front tire, but it continued down Highway 20 near I-5.
The vehicle started going the wrong way down the I-5 northbound offramp at Hwy 20, when a female passenger got out. She was later found by state police.
The driver continued on southbound on I-5 in the northbound median.
Authorities had to stop traffic on I-5 during the pursuit.
The vehicle eventually took the Highway 34 ramp south of the overpass as the right front tire had deflated, exposing the rim.
A trooper crossed the median and came up behind the slowing vehicle as it came onto Highway 34. The trooper used his patrol car to spin the vehicle around, where it stopped and was pinned in by Albany police.
The driver, identified as Heather Rachel Greenwalt, 34, of Aumsville, was arrested without further incident on warrant for failure to appear. She was also charged for felony attemting to elude in a vehicle, reckless driving and recklessly endangering another person.
The female passenger was handed over to Albany police and identified as Lori Lynn Gillihan, 38, of Lebanon. She was arrested and charged by authorities for false information to police, as well as eight different warrants out of Grant and Malheur County and multiple municipal courts.
A male passenger in the vehicle was interviewed and released later.