Wash. driver, 91, arrested in freeway closure
Oregon State Police say they used spike strips to stop an elderly Washington driver who bumped a patrol car and raced off at speeds as high as 80 mph after troopers found the man traveling in a closed section of Interstate 84.
Police were investigating a freeway gun battle that left a motorist dead and a trooper wounded when they spotted the man driving in the closed area Thursday.
Lt. Gregg Hastings says troopers told the man to turn around and exit. The driver turned around but kept heading westbound in the eastbound lanes — right into an extensive highway backup.
The driver then crossed a median into the open, westbound lanes, bumped a patrol car that tried to pull him over and raced off before finally stopping in The Dalles.
The spokesman says 91-year-old Marseill William Gunnyon of Toppenish was arrested for investigation of attempting to elude, reckless driving and misdemeanor hit and run.