Motorists help take dangerous drivers off Interstate 84

Two incidents happen in five-hour period

“No man is an island” – That old saying took on a new twist July 13, when after a crash, flat tire and 10 miles of erratic driving, a drunk driver was corralled into submission along the shoulder of I-84 by four other drivers.

According to a report by Oregon State Police Sgt. Julie Wilcox, several calls came into dispatch at about 3:45 p.m., reporting an erratic driver just west of Dodson, traveling eastbound.

Witnesses reported John Michael Clegg, 25, who was driving a Jeep, hit a guardrail and continued on driving. The tires on the left side of the vehicle were flattened, but Clegg continued on nearly 10 more miles after the crash.

Clegg’s Jeep came to a stop on the inside shoulder of I-84 near milepost 46 – near Cascade Locks.

After the vehicle pulled over, four other drivers in their own vehicles surrounded Clegg’s Jeep, boxing him in to prevent his return to the highway. All four vehicles stayed at the scene until OSP troopers arrived at 4:12 p.m.

Troopers arrested Clegg, of New Mexico for DUII, reckless driving and hit-and-run property. He was transported and jailed at the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional facility, with bail set at $1,800. The Jeep was impounded.

Just five hours later, Tamala Jean Jackson, 51, led OSP officers and Hood River Police on a chase along I-84 beginning near milepost 51.

OSP attempted to pull Jackson over around 8:50 p.m. for a traffic violation. Jackson did not stop her 1995 Chevrolet Lumina van, and proceeded at speeds of 65 mph while OSP officers tailed her.

At milepost 62, Jackson avoided spike strips set out by Hood River Police, but was ultimately subdued by a second set of strips laid out near milepost 64. Jackson was arrested without further incident and lodged at NORCOR.

She was cited for no operator’s license and driving to elude in a vehicle.

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