Victim pressing charges because "they could have killed someone"

Woodburn Police arrested two young boys Wednesday night after they allegedly threw a baseball-sized rock that damaged a car traveling on Interstate 5.

Megan Salsbury-Thayer and her husband Matthew Thayer were driving their car southbound on I-5. While passing the Woodburn exit in the fast lane, Salsbury-Thayer, who was in the passenger seat, noticed two 11- or 12-year-old boys standing on the overpass and hurling a rock over the guardrail fence.

“I said, ‘That kid just threw a rock’ and as soon as I finished that sentence it hit the windshield on the driver’s side,” she said. “Luckily my husband is a really steady driver, so he just kept going.”

She called the Woodburn Police Department and by the time they had taken the next exit and returned to Woodburn, police had apprehended the boys. Salsbury-Thayer said the boys admitted to throwing the rock and that police told her this hadn’t been the first time they were caught.

The boys were arrested and charged with throwing objects off of overpass in the first degree and criminal mischief in the second degree, according to Woodburn Sgt. Jason Millican. They were released into the custody of their parents.

Salsbury-Thayer, who was on her way home to Eugene from taking a bar exam in Portland, said she will not be dropping charges.

“What they did is incredibly serious,” she said. “If it was me driving it would have been a much bigger accident because I would have freaked out. They don’t understand the seriousness of what they’ve done. If we didn’t press charges and they would do it again and kill someone, I would feel horrible.”

Salsbury-Thayer said the cost to repair her windshield is $350.

“It could have been a lot worse,” she said. “I’m certainly happy it wasn’t.”

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