Drivers switch places during Salem police chase

Drivers switch places during Salem police chase

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by Sara Roth, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on April 12, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Updated Saturday, Apr 12 at 7:51 PM

SALEM – The driver and passenger in red Honda Civic switched places while on a miles-long police chase in Marion County Friday.

Marion County police tried to stop the Honda for a lighting violation around 10:30 p.m. The car took off, leading a deputy on a long pursuit.

During the chase, the deputy saw the driver and passenger switch places while driving, according to Sgt. Chris Baldridge of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

The chase lasted for several miles before Salem police deployed spike strips, popping the Honda’s tires. The car then crashed into a tree in the 2900 block of Tide Court Northeast.

Both the original driver of the car, 40-year-old Joann Wills, and the second driver, 41-year-old Shawn Woodard, were arrested on charges of attempting to elude, possession of a stolen vehicle, reckless endangering and several warrants.

A passenger in the car was not charged.

All three were taken to the hospital where they were treated and released. Wills and Woodard were then booked in the Marion County Jail.

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