Elusive driver apprehended in Dallas

Driver leads troopers on chase through Polk County

DALLAS -- A Dallas man led law enforcement officers on a long pursuit on Saturday, Jan. 22 before being taken into custody.

At about 1:15 p.m., an Oregon State Police Trooper from the Salem Area Command attempted to stop a speeding vehicle on Interstate 5 in Salem. The driver eluded the trooper, who lost sight of the vehicle in Salem.

The trooper was able to track the vehicle to West Salem with the help of citizens who pointed out the direction of travel of the fleeing driver.

The suspect's vehicle struck a vehicle driven by Gilberto Garcia, 44, of Dallas at the intersection of Marion and Commercial streets in Salem. Gilberto's vehicle sustained minor damage to the left front end. There were no injuries.

A few minutes later an off-duty Polk County reserve deputy and his wife were driving west on Highway 22 near the junction with Highway 51 when they were passed by the suspect, who was using the center turn lane. The suspect's vehicle nearly struck other vehicles that were attempting to turn onto Highway 51. The reserve deputy did not know the vehicle had been pursued earlier but called the Polk County Sheriff's Office to make a dangerous driving complaint.

The reserve deputy lost sight of the vehicle but a few minutes later saw it in Dallas entering the parking lot of an apartment complex off East Ellendale Road.

The off-duty deputy called in the location and learned about the earlier pursuit in Salem. Officers from the Oregon State Police, Dallas Police Department and the Polk County Sheriffs Office responded to the apartment complex.

The suspect was taken into custody after he ran out the back door of one of the apartments. He was identified as Christopher Humeland, 24, of Dallas.

Humeland faces charges of felony attempt to elude a police officer, reckless driving, reckless endangering, criminal mischief II, driving while suspended, driving while uninsured and exceeding the speed limit.

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