EUGENE, Ore. – A state trooper pulled a woman out of an SUV after she crashed while fleeing from officers early Saturday morning in Eugene, police said.
Just before 4 a.m., the trooper pulled over 28-year-old Felicia Thweatt of Veneta for a traffic violation on Willow Creek Road. Thweatt gave a fake name and date of birth, and then sped away, said Lt. Steve Mitchell with Oregon State Police.
The trooper followed in hot pursuit but lost the SUV after Thweatt blew through several red lights, Mitchell said.
Moments later, the trooper happened upon the SUV, which had crashed on its side after it slammed into a parked car in the 900 block of Welcome Way.
The trooper saw smoke coming from the SUV and broke the window to help Thweatt and two passengers out, Mitchell said.
The two male passengers, ages 29 and 31, had minor injuries and left on their own accord. Thweatt was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
Police charged Thweatt with felony attempt to elude, reckless driving, reckless endangering, criminal mischief, and giving false information to a police officer. Police also said Thweatt had a warrant for parole violation.