NEAR THE DALLES, Ore. -- A 91-year old man from Toppenish was arrested Thursday afternoon after attempting to elude and failing to stop for Oregon State Police troopers.
The pursuit happened between Biggs Junction and The Dalles and came to an end after police successfully deployed spike strips. That's when 91-year-old Marseill William Gunnyon pulled into the OSP The Dalles office parking lot where he was arrested.
Around approximately 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, an investigation was in progress at the scene of an officer-involved shooting that closed both directions of Interstate 84 between Biggs Junction and Rufus.
OSP troopers spotted the man driving in the closed area and told him to turn around and exit. The driver turned around but kept heading westbound in the eastbound lanes, right into an extensive highway backup.
Eastbound vehicles were pulling out of the way to avoid the oncoming 2001 Chevrolet Blazer until it crossed the center dirt median into the westbound lanes, bumped a patrol car that tried to pull him over and raced off before finally stopping in The Dalles.
Additional OSP units got into position but the vehicle continued westbound in the westbound lanes failing to yield at speeds up to 80 mph.
OSP and The Dalles Police Department deployed spike strips successfully hitting 3 tires. The Chevrolet continued westbound as speeds slowed while tires shredded. It took exit 87 and then headed eastbound toward the OSP The Dalles Area Command office where it stopped in the front parking lot.
Gunnyon was arrested without further incident.
He was lodged in the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility (NORCOR) in The Dalles for Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle, Reckless Driving, and Misdemeanor Hit & Run.
There was no evidence of intoxication and Gunnyon has valid driver's license.