On Sunday, Florence Police had been advised by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office of an attempt to locate for a green Ford Expedition that had been involved in an Assault and Theft case in their area, and it was reported that the driver was possibly intoxicated. Florence Police Dispatch received a driving complaint of a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle driving at a high rate of speed and making bad passes traveling southbound on Highway 101 at milepost 179.
At approximately 7:30 p.m. Florence Police located the vehicle in the parking lot of Fred Meyer. As an officer approached the suspect, he immediately jumped into the vehicle and refused commands to exit and started to back out of the parking spot. The officer continued to give commands to stop but the suspect continued backing out. The suspect looked visibly intoxicated and the officer broke out the driver’s side door window in an attempt to stop the suspect. The suspect vehicle accelerated backwards, striking a parked vehicle.
The suspect then accelerated forward towards the officer, who was able move to avoid being struck.
The suspect vehicle exited the Fred Meyer parking lot and went south on Highway 101, where another Florence officer immediately attempted to stop the vehicle. The suspect failed to stop and continued south on Highway 101 at a high rate of speed and driving recklessly.
Officers continued the pursuit of the suspect as it turned east on to Highway 126. The suspect vehicle began to emit smoke/steam from the engine compartment area and the speeds slowed to approximately 30 mph while still refusing to stop for the officers.
The pursuit continued east on Highway 126 as parts fell from the vehicle and heavy smoke/steam emitted from the engine compartment area. The suspect vehicle came to a stop on Highway 126 at approximately milepost 5.5. Officers gave commands to the suspect and were able to place him in custody without further incident.
The suspect was identified as Kevin Paul Hubbard, 46, of Vancouver, Wash. Hubbard was charged with Elude, Reckless Endangering, Reckless Driving and Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants.
Hubbard was lodged in the Florence City jail and later transported to Lane County Adult Corrections. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office investigation is continuing and additional charges are possible.