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West Linn police nab alleged car thief at Mary S. Young park

Driver eludes police at speeds up to 145 miles per hour


A Springfield-area woman was taken into custody Monday after an early morning chase that began near Woodburn and ended near Mary S. Young State Park in West Linn.by: MARION COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE - Brittany Chapman

The woman was found walking in the area by West Linn police after an initial search.

A follow-up investigation by Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper Anthony Pagano led to the arrest of Brittany Dawn Chapman, 22.

She was lodged Monday at Marion County Jail on charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle, felony attempt to elude in a vehicle, reckless driving and possession of methamphetamine.

At 2:52 a.m. Monday, Pagano attempted to stop a 2006 BMW northbound on Interstate 5 near Woodburn for speeding. The driver refused to stop and tried to elude the trooper at speeds of more than 145 mph.

Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted OSP troopers as the BMW continued northbound on Interstate 205, where officers lost sight of it on Highway 43, west of Interstate 205, and ended the chase.

At about 3:20 a.m. West Linn police found the BMW abandoned at the end of Mapleton Drive north of Mary S. Young State Park.

A CCSO canine helped search the area, but officers didn’t find the driver of the car, which was reported stolen Sunday afternoon from the Springfield area. Evidence found near the abandoned BMW indicated the driver may be Chapman.

After the car was towed from the scene, at about 7:19 a.m., West Linn Police Detective Jason Dolan saw Chapman walking about 200 feet from where the car was abandoned.

She was detained and transported to the West Linn Police Department. Pagano responded and arrested her after his follow-up investigation.

While she was being booked at the jail, a Marion County intake deputy allegedly found a glass pipe with methamphetamine residue in her purse.