Driver crashes, dies after Salem police chase

The Salem Police Department's Traffic Control Unit investigated

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Patch from the Salem Oregon Police Department.

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — A man was killed early Saturday morning after he crashed his car into a tree.

According to Salem police, officers tried to stop the car, a 1999 white BMW, near Macleay Rd. and 46th St. SE. The driver was wanted for violating a release agreement.

Police say the driver, 43-year-old Joshua Tibbetts, didn’t stop and continued eastbound on Macleay, going about 50 miles per hour. Police stopped the chase after he blew a red light at Cordon Rd.

About 10 minutes later, at 3:30 a.m., officers say Tibbetts left the road and crashed into a tree. He, and his dog who was also in the car, both died at the scene.


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