SALEM, Oregon - The Salem Police Department attempted to stop a 1999 white BMW at Macleay Rd and 46th St SE at about 3:20 AM Saturday because the driver was wanted in connection with release agreement violations which had occurred earlier in the 800 block of Rosemont Av NW. The driver failed to yield and continued eastbound on Macleay Rd eventually accelerating to 45 to 50 mph. At Cordon Rd. the driver disregarded a red traffic signal and the pursuit was terminated because of safety concerns.
Approximately ten minutes later, an officer checking the area for the suspect located the BMW in the 5900 block of Macleay Rd SE. The vehicle had left the roadway and struck a tree. The driver, 43 year old Joshua Tibbetts, was dead at the scene along with his dog, which had been in the vehicle. At the request of the Marion County Sheriff's Office, the Salem Police Department's Traffic Control Unit was called out to conduct the investigation. Next of kin has been notified.