A Brookings man faces multiple criminal charges after a high-speed chase and crash in the Harbor area.
According to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office, the chase began shortly after 11 a.m. last Saturday when a deputy observed a dark-colored Subaru traveling on U.S. Highway 101 near Museum Road south of Harbor.
The vehicle was traveling over the speed limit and also had failed to dim its lights to oncoming traffic, said officials.
The sheriff’s office said that as the deputy turned on his vehicle’s emergency lights and siren, the Subaru accelerated. The deputy gave chase and notified the dispatcher that the vehicle was traveling at more than 100 mph into Harbor when the deputy lost sight of it.
Another sheriff’s deputy saw the Subaru speeding by as it passed him near Court Street in Harbor. The sheriff’s office said the fleeing vehicle tried to turn right onto South Bank Chetco Road when the driver lost control, hit a curb and rolled the car.
The Brookings Fire Department and Cal-Ore Life Flight responded. Two female passengers in the fleeing vehicle - Fallon Melsha, 21, and Jordan Alkrie, 20 - both of Brookings, were transported to Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City for injuries they received during the crash.
The two were released from the hospital that evening, said officials.
A male passenger, Christopher Phillips, 24, of Brookings, complained of pain but left the scene of the crash in a taxi.
The driver of the vehicle - Jacob Hansen,30, of Brookings - was transported to Curry General Hospital. After receiving a medical clearance, deputies arrested Hansen and took him to the Curry County Jail.
Hansen was held on charges of reckless driving, attempting to elude, reckless endangering, and driving under the influence of intoxicants.
According to officials, Hansen admitted to the deputies that the reason he tried to get away from them was because he had been drinking and that his Oregon driver’s license was suspended.
The Oregon State Police responded to assist in the investigation. All information about the incident has been sent to the Curry County District Attorney for prosecution.