09/06/2007

Truckers help stop Ore. freeway chase

The Associated Press

BIGGS, Ore. Three commercial truck drivers put on the brakes to help police stop a man who led authorities on a high-speed chase for more than 50 miles.

The truckers pulled alongside each other and slowed to about 5 mph, forming a rolling roadblock. The fleeing driver stopped and fled on foot but was quickly captured, authorities said.

Trucker Edwin Beach said he had heard police radio traffic and said, "OK, where's the high-speed chase at?" He coordinated with two other drivers over CB and placed his truck in the middle on Interstate 84.

"We were all kind of laughing because he was running down the freeway," said Beach, of Kelso, Wash. Identities of the other two truckers were not immediately available.

The chase began Saturday near Boardman and ended near the John Day Dam on the Columbia River about 100 miles east of Portland, police said. Speeds during the chase exceeded 100 mph.

The fleeing car had been reported to have been involved in a hit-and-run.

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