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Ashland man jailed after wrong-way crash on I-5

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An Ashland man was jailed Thursday after driving the wrong way on Interstate 5 in Siskiyou County, California, and causing a head-on crash while running from a California Highway Patrol trooper, according to a press release from CHP.

Jeremy Strong, 34, of Ashland, was booked into the Siskiyou County Jail on multiple felony charges.

At about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Strong, who was driving a Honda Odyssey, reportedly “threw an unknown glass object at an officer, who was stopped assisting a motorist who was changing a flat tire along the shoulder of northbound Interstate 5 just north of the Anderson Grade summit,” the release said.

The glass object shattered on the ground but missed the officer, who chased after the Honda and attempted to conduct an enforcement stop on I-5 northbound, south of Hornbrook.

“The Honda exited at the Ditch Creek off-ramp, drove recklessly in circles in the road at the top of the off ramp, and eventually traveled wrong-way, southbound on northbound I-5.

“The officer attempted to follow the Honda from southbound I-5 without lights and siren, but lost sight of the Honda south of Hornbrook due the topography and configuration of I-5 in that location,” the release said.

Other officers responded and stopped northbound I-5 traffic to the south, but the Honda was involved in a two-vehicle head-on collision on northbound I-5, south of SR-96.

After the collision, Strong attempted to flee the scene on foot, police said, but he was confronted and detained by passing motorists until CHP arrived and arrested him.

Strong sustained minor injuries. The driver and passenger of the victim vehicle suffered moderate injuries, police said.