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Pursuit of Reckless Driver Spans Two Counties

On April 27, 2024, at approximately 1:11 PM a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy observed a dark-colored minivan driving recklessly and at a high rate of speed traveling east on Highway 20 near Crystal Creek Loop in Eddyville. The deputy conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and the vehicle yielded. The driver of the vehicle immediately exited and was uncooperative and refused to follow the deputy’s commands. The deputy deployed a Taser, which struck the driver but was ineffective. The driver returned to his vehicle and fled from the deputy east on Highway 20. The deputy pursued the vehicle east to the Lincoln County line and into Benton County. Multiple times during the pursuit the driver was observed throwing items from his vehicle. Spike strips were deployed several times, but the driver swerved around them.

Benton County Sheriff’s Deputies took over the pursuit as the vehicle continued to flee east into the City of Philomath. The vehicle turned around and fled west on Highway 20 back into Lincoln County. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies took over the pursuit and the vehicle continued to attempt to elude deputies. The vehicle’s tires were eventually deflated by a spike strip deployed at Highway 20 and Pioneer Mountain Loop by a Sergeant with the Oregon State Police. The pursuit terminated on Highway 20 west of Pioneer Mountain Loop.

Once the vehicle was stopped, the driver, later identified as 33-year-old Gregory Noll of Vancouver, Washington, refused to exit the vehicle. After a short time, Noll exited the vehicle and was taken into custody.

After being medically cleared at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital, Noll was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail. His charges include Reckless Driving, Attempt to Elude, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Reckless Endangering, Interfering with a Police Officer, and Offensive Littering. No injuries to the suspect or officers were reported. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office wants to thank the following agencies for their assistance during this incident: Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, City of Newport Police Department, and the City of Toledo Police Department.

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