PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 50-year-old man faces a variety of charges after driving a likely stolen dump truck very slowly while spilling gravel on I-5 and SW Barbur Boulevard Friday night.
Craig Ferrero was eventually arrested after the dump truck’s tires were shredded by spike strips as dozens of police officers chased and surrounded the truck.
Around 8 p.m., witnesses reported piles of gravel on I-5 southbound near the Naito Parkway on-ramp. More calls came in about a dump truck driving slow and spilling gravel onto the freeway.
Officers said the truck, which was likely stolen, refused to stop. It left the freeway and drove northbound on Southwest Barbur Boulevard, leaving piles of gravel as it went.
Despite using multiple spike strips, the truck kept going — even after several deflated tires were ripped completely off and it was driving on its rims.
It finally stopped on Southwest Barbur north of Capitol Highway. Officers used at least 5 police cars to box it in.
No one was hurt but Ferrero was taken to a hospital for a precautionary evaluation, authorities said.
All lanes of Southwest Barbur were temporarily blocked north of Capitol Highway.
Ferrero was booked for 2 counts of attempting to elude by vehicle, unlawful use of a vehicle, 3 counts of criminal mischief, reckless driving, 2 counts of reckless endangering and interfering with public transportation.
He’s scheduled for arraignment Tuesday morning at 9:10 a.m.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone who saw it or has video of it is asked to call PPB at 503.823.3333.