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Police: Man leading officer on chase tossed bag of meth, syringes out window

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Lonnie Leon Larson, jail booking photo Lonnie Leon Larson, jail booking photo
SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

A man leading an officer on a chase tossed a bag filled with methamphetamine and syringes out of the car's window, according to police.

The incident began at 7:16 p.m. Thursday when a Monmouth Police Department officer stopped a Honda Civic on Highway 99W near Milepost 61.

As the officer stepped out of his patrol car, he said the Honda abruptly accelerated heading north on the highway.

The officer chased the car through Rickreall onto Highway 22. Investigators said the driver tossed an item out of the car near Milepost 25 and continued driving into Salem.

The driver crashed into a curb in a parking lot on the 800 block of Mission Street Southeast.

The driver ran away and was later located at Salem Hospital where he was taken into custody by police without further incident.

Polk County deputies located the black bag thrown from the car. Investigators said it contained syringes and meth.

The suspect, identified as Lonnie Leon Larson, 26, was also carrying another bag that contained $2,000, according to police.

Larson was booked into the Polk County Jail on charges of DUII, reckless driving, unlawful possession and delivery of meth, attempt to elude in a vehicle and on foot and failure to perform the duties of a driver. Larson also had a parole violation warrant.

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