Crash, Gales Creek, Highway 6

Police pursuit ends with vehicle crashing into Gales Creek near Shell station

The vehicle, with a passenger still inside, is pulled from Gales Creek. Photo: Chas Hundley

GALES CREEK - A police pursuit that started Friday morning near North Plains on Highway 26 ended when the driver struck a spike strip near the Gales Creek Shell station on Highway 6, lost control, crashed through a tree and then ended up in the middle of Gales Creek, prompting a rescue effort from dozens of emergency vehicles, and closing the highway.

Highway 6 reopened around 11:15 a.m,. according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

According to Mark Povolny, an officer with the Washington County Sheriff's Office, the pursuit started when a North Plains Police Officer on the Glencoe Road overpass above Highway 26 near North Plains clocked a vehicle driving more than 90 miles an hour . . .

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