ID released in Lane Co. traffic stop suicide

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by Associated Press

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Posted on April 3, 2013 at 10:51 AM

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Lane County authorities say a man who killed himself after a state trooper pulled him over had a background of drug and weapons offenses and had told acquaintances he would not go back to jail.

The sheriff's office identified the man Wednesday as 53-year-old David Eugene Vale and said he was out on bail after being arrested in Multnomah County.

A trooper stopped Vale on Highway 126 Sunday night west of Eugene. The sheriff's office said that, after stopping to let a hitchhiker out of the car, Vale drove away, pulled over again and killed himself.

Investigators found a handgun, methamphetamine and heroin in the car.

They said Vale had a record in Oregon, California and Arizona. They said their interviews turned up evidence he was considering fleeing to Mexico.

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