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Wrong-way driver arrested for driving toward Molalla Fourth of July parade, police say

He was arrested on several charges including reckless endangering and attempting to elude police.
Credit: Molalla Police Department

MOLALLA, Ore. — A wrong-way driver is facing criminal charges after he allegedly drove toward Molalla's Fourth of July parade Monday morning.

The Molalla Police Department said Christopher Eby, 48, ignored officers' commands to stop as he headed toward the front of the parade around 10 a.m. 

Moments later, police blocked him from continuing forward with help from the Molalla Fire Department.

Photos from the scene appear to show attendees lined up along the street behind Eby's vehicle as they waited for the parade to pass by. 

He was arrested on charges of reckless driving, reckless endangering, disorderly conduct, attempting to elude police and interfering with a police officer.

No one was hurt and the parade resumed after Eby was taken into custody. Molalla Police Chief Chris Long was leading the parade at the time of the incident. 

"Thank you to the citizens and spectators of the parade for remaining calm and safely staying out of harms way," police said in a Facebook post. 

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