Police: I-5 car chase ends with crash into family's vehicle

Police: I-5 car chase ends with crash into family's vehicle

ALBANY, Ore. - A driver lost control of his SUV as he fled police at 100 mph on Interstate 5, crashing into a sedan and injuring the 4 people inside Sunday afternoon, Oregon State Police said.

The 2 adults and 2 children in the sedan were taken by ambulance to Salem Hospital, where they were treated and released.

Police arrested the SUV driver and his passenger on warrants out of Medford and new charges related to the high-speed chase and crash.

The case started around 4:09 p.m. with a report from a motorist that a BMW x5 sport utility vehicle had sped away after hitting a semi trailer. State troopers from Eugene headed north as troopers from Albany headed south to locate the BMW.

A state trooper located the suspect SUV and tried to pull it over at 4:25 p.m. The driver of the SUV responded by accelerating to over 100 mph, state police said.

The SUV sped northbound at high speed for 10 minutes before the driver lost control, crashing into a guardrail and an Acura MDX sport utility vehicle.

The two vehicles came to a halt blocking the righthand lane of I-5. Debris from the crash flew into oncoming traffic, damaging at least two other cars, state police said.

Troopers moved the 4 people form Portland in the Acura to safety while detaining the BMW driver and passenger.

The investigation and cleanup reduced I-5 northbound to 1 lane for 3 hours, police said.

Police identified the driver Michael Del Curry, 36, of Medford. Police identified his passenger as Angelina Maxine Tomburello, 22, of Medford.

Both suspects initially gave police false information about their identities.

Curry was booked into the Linn County Jail on charges of

* Felony warrant out of Jackson County for Parole Violation
* DUII
* Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
* Reckless Driving
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person (5 counts)
* Assault in the Third Degree (5 counts)
* Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree
* Misdemeanor Hit & Run - Property Damage
* Providing False Information to a Police Officer
* Also cited to appear for Driving While Suspended

Tomburello was booked into the jail on charges of

* Two (2) felony warrants out of Jackson County for Failure to Appear - Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine
* Misdemeanor warrant out of Jackson County for Failure to Appear - Furnishing False Information to a Police Officer
* Providing False Information to a Police Officer