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  • UPDATED: Driver identified in crash of stolen car near Grants Pass

  • GRANTS PASS — Oregon State Police have identified Eddie Joseph Correia Jr., 29, of Grants Pass, as the driver injured this morning in the crash of a stolen car.
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  • Updated 12:35 p.m. Oregon State Police have identified Eddie Joseph Correia Jr., 29, of Grants Pass, as the driver injured this morning in the crash of a stolen car.
    At about 5:20 p.m., two OSP troopers were set up monitoring traffic along Highway 238 near milepost 8 after receiving a report of a stolen 2005 Ford Mustang traveling in their direction.
    When Correia saw one of the troopers, he sped up in an attempt to elude and got about a half mile away before running into spikes strips that had been put out to stop him, police said. After going over a spike strip and damaging at least one tire, he tried an evasive maneuver and lost control. The car traveled across the westbound lane and overturned in a ditch.
    Correia was taken by ambulance to Asante Three Rivers Medical Center for treatment of injuries that police described as "non-life-threatening." He was using safety restraints
    7 a.m. GRANTS PASS — A stolen car chased by Oregon State Police troopers crashed Monday on Highway 238 east of Grants Pass.
    Police say the driver lost control after running over spike strips.
    The driver, a 29-year-old Grants Pass man, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
    Police say he also was involved in a couple of recent police chases. He was driving a 2005 Mustang that was stole in the past couple of weeks from a car dealership.
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