Woman crashes SUV after high-speed chase with police

Woman crashes SUV after high-speed chase with police

EUGENE, Ore. -- A woman led authorities on a high-speed chase through Eugene early Saturday morning that ended with her vehicle on its side, State Police said.

Officials say the driver, 28-year-old Felicia Thweatt of Veneta, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Thweatt's passengers, Aaron New, 29 of Springfield, and Levi Strike, 31 of Eugene, were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

Shortly before 4 a.m. Saturday, a trooper stopped Thweatt in a 2000 Dodge SUV  on Willow Creek Road.

State police say she gave them a false name. When the trooper was returning to the SUV for more questioning, Thweatt sped off.

Thweatt ran several stop signs and eventually made it out of the trooper's sight, authorities said.

That is, until she hit a parked car and the SUV rolled on its side in the 900 block of Welcome Way, officials said.

The trooper saw smoke coming from the Dodge and quickly broke out the rear window to get Thweatt and her two passengers out of the car. She was transported to RiverBend with what authorities say were serious injuries.

After police positively identified Thweatt they found she had a warrant for parole violation.

Oregon State Police are submitting the case to the District Attorney, suggesting Thweatt face multiple charges including felony attempt to elude, reckless driving, three counts of reckless endangering and giving false information to an officer. State Police said the district attorney's office may consider additional charges.

The Eugene Police Department is handling the crash investigation.