OSP Trooper Intentionally Collides with Interstate Wrong-Way Driver

A quick decision and selfless act by OSP Sergeant Calloway stopped a wrong-way driver and quite possibly saved lives.

On March 18, 2022, starting at about 6:00 PM, OSP received several driving complaints regarding a white Ford Mustang. The driver of the Mustang was reported to be operating erratically on Interstate 84, eastbound from milepost 35. Near milepost 51, a Hood River County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to stop the car and a pursuit ensued. The driving behavior of the mustang deteriorated even more, so the deputy terminated the pursuit near milepost 60. The driver of the Mustang avoided at least two stop-stick deployments. The driver continued east on I-84, eventually taking the first exit (82) into The Dalles.

Officers and Troopers were stationed at the top of the exit. The driver turned around on the off-ramp and proceeded to drive the wrong way down the off-ramp towards the eastbound lanes of I-84. Sgt. Calloway, who was attempting to catch up to the Mustang, took the exit. Seeing the Mustang was going to get on I-84 the wrong way, he decided to prevent this by intentionally colliding with the Mustang.

As a result of the crash Sgt. Calloway sustained minor injuries. He was treated and released from Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. The suspect was transported to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles where he is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Courtesy of OSP