Police: Drunk driver uses turn signal, obeys speed limit during chase

Police: Drunk driver uses turn signal, obeys speed limit during chase
Wayne Thomas May, 36

MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. -- Myrtle Creek police were led on a bizarre car chase Thursday afternoon, when the alleged drunk driver they were trying to stop, used his signals to change lanes and never went above the speed limit.

Officials with MCPD say that just after 1:00 p.m., a hit and run was reported on Johnson Street, involving an alleged drunk driver in a Toyota pickup.

Just a few minutes later, a Myrtle Creek police officer located the pickup and tried to make a traffic stop.

The driver, later identified as Wayne Thomas May, 36, allegedly failed to stop, and even drove around a deputies car, which was parked and blocking his escape. Officers say May used his turn signal when he went around the patrol car, and never drove above the speed limit.

The pursuit ended up on Interstate 5 northbound, with Myrtle Creek officers and Douglas County Sheriff's deputies behind the man, who was still going the speed limit.

He eventually pulled over after taking Exit 110 at Boomer Hill, coming to a stop at the bottom of the off ramp.

Officers took May into custody without incident, and he was taken to the Douglas County Jail.

Police say he had a blood alcohol level of .26, which is more than three times the legal limit.

He was charged by police with DUII, attempting to elude and failing to perform the duties of a driver.

Bail was set at $72,500.