PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A woman was sent to the hospital for minor injuries after she led police on a chase from Woodburn to Tualatin on Interstate-5 in an attempt to kill herself, said Oregon State Police.
OSP Troopers attempted a welfare check on the woman in the Woodburn Walmart parking lot when they heard screams coming from her Jeep on Saturday night. When officers approached, she hit the gas and fled.
The driver then failed to fully stop at 2 different stop signs before it stopped long enough for a male passenger to get out and leave.
The woman drove onto 1-5 NB and almost hit a motorcycle. Authorities said she reached speeds of 70-80 mph before she crashed into two semi-trucks on I-5 near the I-205 interchange. The impact sent her Jeep off the highway and into a wooded area that lines the road.
The semi-trucks were not seriously damaged from the incident, said Troopers.
The woman was identified as 72-year-old Janie Bingamon. Police later discovered that she was attempting to commit suicide with her reckless driving.
Bingamon was cited for DUII, eluding cops, 2 hit-and-runs and reckless driving. She was committed to the hospital for suicidal ideations, according to police.
The crash blocked the slow lane on Interstate-5 going northbound Sunday evening causing delays of about 20 minutes, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.
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