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Sheriff: Man slams van into apartment complex near Corvallis, leads deputies on chase

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Steven Ray Pugh, jail booking photo Steven Ray Pugh, jail booking photo
Photo: Linn County Sheriff's Office Photo: Linn County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Linn County Sheriff's Office Photo: Linn County Sheriff's Office
CORVALLIS, OR (KPTV) -

A man slammed a van into an apartment complex near Corvallis, drove away, came back to the scene and then led officers on a chase into Albany, according to police.

Linn County deputies responded to the 33800 block of Melody Lane east of Corvallis at 10:38 p.m. Sunday.

Deputies said the driver of a 1999 gold Pontiac Montana van drove around to the back of the apartment complex and onto the lawn before intentionally driving into the back wall of an apartment.

The crash caused extensive damage and the gas line was ruptured, but nobody in the apartment was injured.

Deputies said as they were at the scene investigating, the driver returned to the apartment complex. Investigators said Steven Ray Pugh, 35, lives in the apartment he hit with his van.

Pugh refused to stop, according to deputies, and drove eastbound on Highway 34 at top speeds of 55 mph.

Spike strips were used as Pugh drove into Albany, puncturing all four of his van's tires.

The chase continued east onto Queen Avenue to Pacific Boulevard, then onto Santiam Highway where the van's tires began to come apart.

Pugh lost control of the van and stopped in the parking lot of a business on the 4600 block of Santiam Highway Southeast, Pick-A-Park Auto Wreckers, according to deputies.

Pugh was arrested on charges of first-degree criminal mischief, reckless endangering, failure to perform the duties of a driver and attempting to elude police.

A possible motive for crashing into the apartment was not immediately released.

Linn County Sheriff's Office deputies were assisted at the scene by the Corvallis Police Department, Benton County Sheriff's Office, Albany Police Department and Oregon State Police.

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