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Police: 'Most wanted' suspect led officers on chase with meth in car

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A man on the Salem Police Department's most wanted list is accused of leading officers on a high-speed chase with meth in his car.

An Oregon State Police trooper tried to stop a Chrysler 300 on Interstate 5 near Milepost 262 after witnessing several traffic violations at 11:37 p.m. Thursday.

The driver initially slowed down and pulled toward the shoulder, before suddenly speeding up and driving away.

Police said the driver took the Salem Parkway exit and continued driving recklessly east of I-5 and south on Cordon Road before coming to a dead-end on Shores Street Northeast.

OSP was assisted by Salem police and the Marion County Sheriff's Office in taking the driver, identified as Alberto Contreras, 33, of Keizer, into custody. Two passengers in the car were also questioned at the scene.

The two women, ages 24 and 30, were not arrested.

Investigators said when officers approached an open passenger door, they saw suspected methamphetamine spilled inside the car's front and rear passenger areas.

Contreras was arrested and booked in the Marion County Jail on charges of reckless driving, attempt to elude, two counts of recklessly endangering another person and unlawful possession and delivery of methamphetamine.

He had a U.S. Marshals warrant for failing to appear on a previous weapons charge, as well as a Marion County warrant for failing to appear in another delivery of meth case.

Contreras had been listed as one of the Salem Police Department's "Top 10 Most Wanted" suspects.

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