Driver leads police on 100-mph chase on I-5

Construction work eventually stops him north of Grants Pass

After a string of complaints about a black sport utility vehicle speeding north from the Medford area Tuesday morning, Oregon State Police finally caught up with a Beaverton man north of Grants Pass, arresting him on multiple charges.

Police reported that Isaiah Lemuel Haywood, 25, led them on a chase at speeds exceeding 100 mph before he was slowed by construction and eventually detained.

OSP first received word of Haywood's alleged high-speed antics just before 7 a.m. Tuesday. Three drivers complained about a black 2008 Land Rover traveling at high speeds in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 from the Medford area.

Drivers estimated the vehicle traveled at 100 mph, police said.

OSP troopers spotted the Land Rover at 7:15 a.m. near milepost 61 and attempted a traffic stop at the Manzanita Rest Area. Haywood came to a stop at the rest area, then accelerated and pulled back onto I-5.

Troopers followed, engaging in a high-speed chase to milepost 65. Police said Haywood had to slow down there because of construction and troopers were able to block the vehicle.

Haywood allegedly refused to get out of the vehicle. Troopers responded by breaking out a rear side window and using pepper spray and a stun gun to subdue Haywood, police said.

Haywood was being held in the Josephine County Jail on charges of felony attempt to elude police in a vehicle, reckless driving and resisting arrest. His bail was set at $15,000.


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