An intoxicated driver was arrested on Monday afternoon after leading Oregon State Police on a 28-mile pursuit along Interstate 84.
Virginia A. Falcon, 30, of Vancouver, Wash., was lodged in NORCOR after law enforcement officials stopped her by laying a strip of spikes in the road that flattened two of her tires. According to reports, the chase began when she was pulled over while traveling westbound at mile post 85 in The Dalles. At that time, she sped away while the trooper was talking with her through the driver’s side window.
Hood River city police and county deputies were called to assist in the pursuit and helped block freeway entrance and exit ramps to protect other motorists from Falcon’s erratic driving. Even after her tires blew out, Falcon reportedly wove in and out of traffic for several miles on metal rims that emitted sparks when they made contact with the pavement.
According to reports, she was finally forced to stop when an OSP patrol car blocked her path at mile post 57. As she pulled over, Falcon reportedly rammed the bumper of the patrol car and then was wedged in from behind by a second car to prevent any further maneuvering. She then allegedly refused to leave her own automobile but was finally placed in handcuffs and transported to Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital for a medical evaluation. Although she had sustained no injuries in the incident, Falcon reportedly registered .29 on the intoxilyzer and was charged with DUII, Eluding, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangerment and fourth degree Assault. A male passenger traveling with her was uninjured and was not charged with any crime.