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Police: Two women with warrants lead officers on wrong-way I-5 chase

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Heather Greenwalt and Lori Gillihan, booking photos Heather Greenwalt and Lori Gillihan, booking photos
Suspect's car, photo from Albany Police Department Suspect's car, photo from Albany Police Department
ALBANY, OR (KPTV) -

Two women with arrest warrants are accused of leading police on a wrong-way chase on Interstate 5 early Friday morning.

An Albany officer attempted to stop a 2003 Cadillac on Knox Butte Road and Timber Street for a traffic violation at 12:50 a.m. The driver did not stop and attempted to lose the officer.

Oregon State Police and the Linn County Sheriff's Office were notified about the developing situation. Deputies deployed spike strips that hit the car's right front tire near Highway 20, but the driver kept on going.

Police said the driver avoided a second attempt to spike the other tires, got on Interstate 5 from Highway 20 and drove the wrong way down the northbound lanes. At one point, a passenger got out of the car and ran away.

The car continued driving south on the inside northbound center median shoulder. An OSP trooper stopped south of the approaching chase to prevent traffic from hitting the wrong-way driver.

At 1:04 a.m., the suspect took the Highway 34 ramp and a trooper approached from behind and spun the car out. It was then pinned in by Albany patrol cars.

The suspect's right front tire was deflated and the rim was exposed.

The driver, Heather Greenwalt, 34, of Aumsville, was taken into custody. Police said she has a warrant for failure to appear in court and is now also charged with attempted to elude, reckless driving and recklessly endangering another person.

The passenger who had gotten out of the car was caught and arrested. Police said Lori Gillihan, 38, of Lebanon, has eight confirmed warrants out of Grant and Malheur counties, as well as multiple municipal courts.

She is now facing the additional charge of providing false information to a police officer.

A man in the car was interviewed by police and released without facing any charges.

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