Stolen U-Haul Driver Arrested For Reckless Driving

Posted on January 28, 2019

A northbound lane on I-5 was closed for about two hours Sunday evening after a man driving a stolen U-Haul van allegedly hit multiple vehicles, including a patrol car, while evading police.

Officers received a complaint at 4 p.m. about a man driving in a “reckless manner” in a U-Haul van in the Albany area, according to Lt. Steve Mitchell with Oregon State Police.

Officials say the van was stolen in the Seattle area earlier that day while being used to deliver Amazon packages.

Police found the van but stopped following the vehicle after the driver, identified by officials as Jose Flores, 38, of Medford, refused to pull over. The driver continued north toward Salem.

The driver exited I-5 at Market Street where OSP, Salem Police and Marion County Sheriff’s officers tried to box him in at a Fred Meyer gas station.

The U-Haul driver hit one OSP patrol car and fled. He crashed into a passenger car and a semi-truck on Market Street before getting back on I-5, Mitchell said.

Police chased him down I-5, until his van stopped working just before milepost 258.

Flores was arrested on the charges of reckless driving and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, Mitchell said.

There were no injuries. The passenger car had to be towed.

, Salem Statesman Journal

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