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Vancouver man arrested after Oregon police chase

A Vancouver man was jailed following a police chase Sunday in Florence, Ore., during which his vehicle broke down and fell apart on the highway.

Kevin Paul Hubbard, 46, was arrested on suspicion of eluding, reckless endangerment, reckless driving and driving under the influence, according to a press release from the Florence Police Department.

Lincoln County, Ore., sheriff’s deputies advised Florence police on Sunday that they were trying to find a green Ford Expedition connected to an assault and theft case in the area. The deputies said the driver was possibly intoxicated. Dispatchers received a call shortly thereafter about a vehicle fitting that description speeding and making bad passes on southbound Highway 101, police said.

The SUV was located at 7:30 p.m. in a Fred Meyer parking lot. An officer approached Hubbard, who jumped back into the vehicle, refused to get out and then reversed from a parking spot, Florence police said.

“The officer continued to give commands to stop, but the suspect continued backing out. The suspect looked visibly intoxicated, and the officer broke out the driver’s side door window in an attempt to stop the suspect,” the press release says.

Hubbard allegedly didn’t stop and backed into a parked car, police said. The officer had to move out of the way to avoid being hit.

Hubbard sped south on Highway 101. Another officer joined the pursuit as it continued east onto Highway 126, where parts fell off the SUV and heavy smoke and steam emitted from its engine as the vehicle slowed to about 30 mph, police said.

Hubbard was taken into custody without further incident. He was temporarily housed at the Florence jail and then transferred to Lane County, Ore., Adult Corrections.


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