Wrong way driver strikes car on Interstate 5, CHP says
An Ashland, Ore. man was arrested on multiple felony charges, including driving under the influence of drugs, after what California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Gregory Perkins called an "interesting set of events" on Thursday afternoon.
Jeremy Strong, age 34, was detained by passing motorists after he hit another car head-on while driving a Honda Odyssey the wrong way on Interstate 5. The passengers of the vehicle he hit suffered moderate injuries, Perkins said in a press release.
The incident began just before 5 p.m., when Strong threw a glass object at a CHP officer who was helping a motorist change a flat tire along the shoulder of northbound I-5 north of the Anderson Grade Summit, Perkins said.
The object shattered, and the officer was not hit, Perkins said. The officer got into his car, chased after the Honda and attempted to pull Strong over just south of Hornbrook.
Strong then exited at the Ditch Creek off ramp, "drove recklessly in circles in the road at the top of the off ramp" and eventually traveled the wrong way, southbound on northbound I-5, Perkins said.
The officer attempted to follow the Honda from southbound I-5 without lights and siren, but lost sight of the car south of Hornbrook. Other officers responded and stopped northbound I-5 traffic to the south.
Strong struck a car traveling north head-on just south of Highway 96. After the collision, he attempted to run but was confronted and detained by passing motorists until CHP arrived.
Strong suffered minor injuries in the crash, Perkins said. He was booked into the Siskiyou County Jail on six charges, according to the jail's website, including DUI causing injury; evading police and being a wrong way driver; hit and run causing death or injury; battery; battery on a police officer or emergency personnel; and being under the influence of a controlled substance.
Skye Kinkade is the editor of the Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers and the Siskiyou Daily News. She is a fourth generation Siskiyou County resident and has lived in Mount Shasta and Weed her entire life.