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Two teens jailed after I-5 chase that hits 95 mph.

Byline: The Register-Guard

CURTIN - Police arrested two men in a stolen pickup truck after a pursuit Monday morning that began in Springfield and ended nearly 30 miles away in north Douglas County.

The chase began at 2:37 a.m. when Springfield police officer Rick Smith tried to stop a Toyota pickup truck at Bob Straub Parkway and Jasper Road after noticing it had a headlight out, police said.

The pickup sped away and reached Interstate 5, where it continued south at speeds that reached 95 mph, police said.

When the pickup truck reached Cottage Grove, police there placed spike strips in front of it and punctured one of its tires.

However, the pickup truck continued south on the freeway for approximately 10 more miles - traveling on three tires and the rim of the front driver's wheel - before exiting near Curtin, police said.

The chase ended when the driver could not negotiate a turn and the pickup ended up in a ditch, police said.

Police identified the driver as Billy James Wells and his passenger as Cody Dillon Bell. Both were taken into custody. Police said they later learned the pickup had been stolen in Springfield.

Police said they later found a second pickup in Springfield that is believed to have been stolen by Wells and Bell, who are both 18. They were listed as transients with no known address.

Wells and Bell are being held in the Lane County Jail on vehicle theft charges. Wells faces additional charges of attempting to elude police, reckless driving and methamphetamine possession.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jul 26, 2011
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