OSP: Motorcycle rider eludes police at 180 mph

OSP: Motorcycle rider eludes police at 180 mph

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- A man riding a motorcycle hit speeds of around 183 miles per hour before crashing the bike on Hubbard Creek Road, Oregon State Police said.

Authorities say it all started at about 11:45 a.m. on Sunday when a trooper clocked a motorcycle going 95 miles per hour northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 81.

Officials say the trooper started to chase the rider but backed off when the motorcycle hit speeds of over 100 miles per hour, allegedly weaving in and out of traffic.

Police say they lost sight of the man, later identified as Jeffrey B. Engebretson, 23, of Grants Pass, around the Canyonville area.

Two more troopers spotted him and tried to stop him near the Winston interchange, but they say Engebretson again sped away.

Troopers say he took exit 125 and headed east on Garden Valley.

Officials say they again located him one more time, before he crashed his motorcycle on the gravel portion of Hubbard Creek Road, less than a mile after the pavement ended.

Authorities say he fled into the woods but was located and arrested without incident.

Troopers say he told them he was going up to 183 miles per hour on Interstate 5, and 142 miles per hour on Garden Valley Blvd.

Engebretson was lodged in the Douglas County Jail, charged by OSP with felony eluding police, reckless driving and reckless endangering.