BANKS, Ore. (KOIN) — Local authorities are looking for a woman who they said nearly hit a state trooper with her car and ran from police late Sunday morning.
Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies were sent out for a welfare check in the area of NW Cedar Canyon Road and NW Killin Road near Banks after someone reported seeing a driver slumped behind the wheel. An Oregon State Police Trooper found the blue Geo Prism a short time later near the Banks City Hall.
As the trooper attempted to get the woman out of the driver’s seat, she suddenly put the car in reverse and backed up. The officer was thrown to the ground as the woman drove backwards into the trooper’s car, said the WCSO. She also hit a parked truck before taking off.
Luckily, the officer avoided injury in the confrontation.
Police chased the woman on Highway 47 and then over to Highway 26 before they had to stop, “due to her unsafe driving.” Multiple people reported the woman for her erratic driving as she sped across highways, according to the WCSO. Witnesses were shocked as they watched the chase unfold.
“It seemed like they were driving down the middle of the highway,” said Banks resident Zach Milne. “I saw a blue car in my rear view mirror.”
He said it looked like the driver had their door open at the time. Officers estimated the chase reached speeds of 80 mph before they had to call it off.
“You could see her door was visibly at an angle propped outward. That’s what threw me off initially,” said Milne. “Yeah, okay, you’re going to see someone getting pursued down the highway, but you’re not going to see them doing it with the door open.”
Deputies later found the Geo Prism abandoned off of Highway 26, 30 miles away from Banks, but the woman was nowhere to be found.
Authorities have since identified the driver as 25-year-old Aubri Jenkins of Timber. Police said she is currently wanted—not only for hitting a state police car and fleeing—but also for a felony warrant from a probation violation. If you have seen Jenkins or know where she is, the WCSO asks that you call the non-emergency dispatch line at 503-629-0111.
This is a developing story.