Police: Driver sped away from officers at 100 mph on I-105; officers seek suspect
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - A Marcola man is wanted by police after a high-speed chase in Springfield Monday night, Springfield Police said.
The chase started when an officer spotted a blue Mazda 626 "driving erratically" on Marcola Road.
When the officer tried to pull over the car, the driver sped off.
The car hit 100 mph on I-105 before merging onto Interstate 5 north.
"Police attempted to catch up to the fleeing driver, but stopped following the vehicle when it reached speeds in excess of 120 mph and turned off the vehicle headlights," police said in a statement.
Officers saw the vehicle ext onto Beltline at the Gateway offramp. The car appeared to driver over a concerete median.
Police found the car parked in a parking lot at a market. Two passengers in the car told police the driver took off on foot after parking the car.
Officer believe the driver may have been Steven Ray Stone, 38, of Marcola.
Springfield Police want Stone in connection with the case. Stone also has warrant out for his arrest on charges of with the chase and say he is wanted on local arrest warrants charging him with Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle and Theft. The car involved in the chase is not believed to be stolen, police said.
Anyone with info on Stone's whereabouts is asked to call Officer Melissa Smith at (541) 726-3714.