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Story by Sam Kaplan - The Oregon Herald
Published on Thursday May 27, 2021 - 11:41 PM
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On May 26, 2021 at 11:14 AM the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office was relayed that Grand Ronde Tribal Police had been chasing a black Jeep Wrangler west bound on Hwy 18. Police were unable to keep in visual contact with the suspect vehicle and the pursuit was terminated.

Soon Lincoln City Police Officers observed the same vehicle driving south bound in Lincoln City. Officers tried to stop the vehicle and it fled at high rate of speed. The pursuit was terminated due to the driver driving recklessly while officers attempted to keep up.

Police followed at a safe distance keeping the vehicle in line of sight as it traveled south on Hwy 101. Multiple attempts to deploy spikes were unsuccessful due to the high volume of traffic. The pursuit was again terminated to avoid predicted hazardous conditions inside Newport City limits.

Several police officers observed the suspect vehicle drive recklessly through Newport while continuing south on Hwy 101. Once the vehicle exited the city limits officers attempted another traffic stop and the vehicle eluded again. On Highway 101 near SW 68th street, Deputy Honse with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office was successful in spiking one tire on the Jeep. The vehicle continued south at a high rate of speed. Another successful tire spike strip was used just south of Seal Rock where the second front tire was deflated. The vehicle continued south on Hwy 101 on one rim and one flat tire.

Police then learned the suspected driver was 40-year-old Corienne Anne Meyer of Ward, Colorado. She was wanted out of Colorado State for Kidnapping. Because of the seriousness of the warrant and the observed blatant disregard to public safety, heightened measures were taken to stop the fleeing vehicle. Deputies with the Sheriff's Office conducted a rolling "box-in". The suspect vehicle intentionally struck the back of the lead patrol vehicle twice before coming to a complete stop. The driver was taken into custody and her identity was confirmed. Ms. Meyer was taken to the Lincoln County Jail and charged with numerous charges to include Reckless Driving, Attempt to Elude, Attempted Assault III, Attempted Assault on a Police Officer. Her bail was initially set at $95,000 with additional charges expected from surrounding agencies. No injuries to the suspect or officers were reported.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Oregon State Police, Grand Ronde Tribal Police, Lincoln City Police Department and the Newport Police Department.

How Police Use A Tire Spike

A spike strip is a device or incident weapon used to impede or stop the movement of wheeled vehicles by puncturing their tires. Generally, the strip is composed of a collection of 35-to-75-millimetre-long metal barbs, teeth or spikes pointing upward.

The spikes are designed to puncture and flatten tires when a vehicle is driven over them; they may be portable, used as a police weapon, or strongly secured to the ground, as those found at security checkpoint entrances in certain facilities. They also may be detachable, with new spikes fitted to the strip after use. The spikes may be hollow or solid; hollow ones are designed to detach and become embedded in the tires, allowing air to escape at a steady rate to reduce the risk of the driver losing control and crashing. They are historically a development of the caltrop, anti-cavalry and anti-personnel versions being used as early as 331 BC by Darius III against Alexander the Great at the Battle of Gaugamela in Persia.

In the United States, five officers were killed deploying spike strips in 2011 alone. Dallas, Texas police are among those banned from using them, in response to the hazards.

Remotely deployable spike strips have been invented to reduce the danger to police officers deploying them.

Private possession of spike strips was banned in New South Wales, Australia in 2003 after a strip cheaply constructed from a steel pipe studded with nails was used against a police vehicle. John Watkins, a member of New South Wales Legislative Assembly, stated they would be added to the New South Wales prohibited weapons list.

Following the rise in terrorist vehicle attacks whereby a vehicle is driven at speed into pedestrians, a net with steel spikes that can be deployed by two people in less than a minute, reported able to stop a vehicle of up to 17 tonnes, was developed for preventive use at public events in the UK, with the name 'Talon'. It has steel spikes to puncture tires, and becomes entangled around the front wheels, halting the vehicle. It is designed to reduce risk to crowds by making the vehicle skid in a straight line without veering unpredictably. It was first deployed to protect a parade on 11 September 2017.