Baker woman arrested after high-speed chase in town, on freeway

By Baker City Herald June 25, 2014 10:08 am

Police arrested a Baker City woman Tuesday night  after a high-speed chase that ended on the freeway when the stolen vehicle she was driving was disabled by a spike strip.

Melissa Thacker, 30, of 390 Spring Garden Ave., remains in jail today on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, attempting to elude police, reckless driving, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, criminal trespassing and unlawful entry into a motor vehicle.

An employee of Cliff’s Saws and Cycles reported about 6 p.m. Tuesday that a woman was attempting to ride a customer’s motorcycle at the business, according to a press release. 

Thacker was accused of threatening a woman and taking a vehicle from the woman’s 11th Street home at about 6:17 p.m.

The pursuit, which lasted about 11 minutes, began when Thacker ran a stop sign at 11th and D streets, police said. She traveled 60 mph down 10th Street and reached speeds up to 81 mph on the freeway before the spike strip was deployed by Oregon State Police. She was arrested after a short foot pursuit.