A high-speed chase unfolded on I-5 today around 1 p.m. when a stolen minivan, driven by 37-year-old Antoine Roberson of Brookings, attempted to evade law enforcement. The pursuit came to a halt on Table Rock Road after the suspect crashed into a car and a fence.
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives first spotted the minivan at 1:10 p.m. on I-5 south, traveling at speeds exceeding 100 miles-per-hour in rainy conditions. Promptly, detectives radioed for assistance, and JCSO Traffic deputy and Oregon State Police Trooper positioned themselves near I-5 exit 30.
As the minivan exited, a JCSO deputy successfully spiked its tires at Table Rock Road and Berrydale Avenue. Despite the disabled tires, the minivan continued recklessly before colliding with a car and a fence on Table Rock Road. The driver, identified as Antoine Roberson, attempted to flee on foot but was quickly apprehended by JCSO deputies without incident.
Roberson now faces a slew of charges, including unlawful use of a motor vehicle, reckless driving, recklessly endangering, hit and run, attempting to elude in a vehicle, attempting to elude on foot, and first-degree criminal mischief. He has been lodged in the Jackson County Jail.
Remarkably, there were no reported injuries during the crash. The minivan, later revealed to be an unreported stolen vehicle from Josephine County, adds another layer to the ongoing investigation. Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies are actively pursuing additional leads in this case. JCSO officials say additional details are currently unavailable for release.
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.