A Corvallis man faces eluding and hit-and-run charges for allegedly leading law enforcement agencies on a chase that began Thursday at 5:56 p.m. in downtown Corvallis and ended with spike strips in Independence.
Jon Daniel Tilles, 52, was arraigned Friday in Polk County Circuit Court on a felony charge of attempting to elude police and a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving.
Corvallis police filed paperwork with the Benton County District Attorney’s Office on Friday to tack on additional charges of attempting to elude, reckless driving, reckless endangerment and hit-and-run, Capt. Dave Henslee of the Corvallis Police Department said Friday.
Two Corvallis officers were on an unrelated call on the 500 block of Southwest Second Street when a motorist in a white 2000 Subaru drove by, stopped at the intersection with Washington Avenue, then took off quickly.
“After he looked at the officers, he accelerated rapidly and squealed the tires,” Henslee said.
The officers recognized the suspect as Tilles from previous encounters. An officer followed him in a patrol car east onto Washington Avenue and First Street, then activated his lights when he saw that the suspect had stopped the car while facing north in the southbound lane. The suspect accelerated again, Henslee said, traveling north on First Street, then west on Jefferson Avenue – going the wrong way down a one-way street – then turned north onto Third Street.
A car ran into the passenger side of the suspect’s vehicle after he ran a red light at Third and Harrison Boulevard. No one was hurt in the minor collision, Henslee said, and the suspect continued speeding north on Highway 99W.
Corvallis police quit chasing the suspect shortly before they reached Circle Boulevard due to the high volume of traffic.
“They didn’t want to endanger the community, so they discontinued,” Henslee said. “But they knew who he was.”
Benton County sheriff deputies picked up the chase and contacted Polk County authorities as the vehicle sped north.
The Subaru turned east on Northwest Ryals Avenue at Adair Village, then west onto Independence Highway.
The first set of spike strips, which the Independence Police Department put down south of Independence, didn’t puncture the suspect’s tires. However, the second and third set, which Polk County sheriff deputies down a mile or two apart, were successful.
The second set took out the two driver’s side tires and brought down the speeds of the pursuit from around 90 miles per hour to around 50 miles per hour, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
The remaining spike strip, laid down just north of Independence, took out a third tire, causing the vehicle to slow even further. The driver surrendered about one-third of a mile away.