A Gold Hill woman was arrested early Wednesday evening on multiple charges following a high-speed chase through parts of Albany and a collision near the downtown area.
According to Albany Police Lieutenant Alan Lynn, the police department received a call shortly before 6 p.m. regarding a shoplifting incident at Coastal Farm & Ranch, 1355 Goldfish Farm SE. The female suspect, later identified as 22-year-old Cortney Gibson, left the scene in a black Toyota 4Runner and went north down Goldfish Farm Road, driving "recklessly and erratically," Lynn said.
An officer spotted Gibson's vehicle near the southeast corner of Goldfish Farm Road and Azalea Street and gave chase. Gibson accelerated and headed up Clover Ridge Road, then made her way down Murder Creek Drive, and returned into town via Old Salem Road.
Another officer was stationed at Old Salem Road and Albany Avenue, where a spike strip was deployed, catching Gibson's front two tires; however, she did not stop. The pursuit was terminated on Salem Avenue due to congestion.
Gibson continued, first striking an electrical box and some trees near the Waverly Jewish Cemetery. Shortly after, she collided with a 1999 Ford Taurus near the southeast corner of Salem Avenue and Geary Street, but did not stop. The Taurus' driver, a 46-year-old Albany woman, sustained minor injuries and was treated by medics on scene.
At this point, officers lost sight of the suspect. Thanks to witnesses, however, Gibson was found walking on foot near the intersection of NE Main Street and Water Avenue, where she was taken into custody without incident. Police later located her heavily damaged 4Runner in the parking lot of the Linger Longer Tavern, 145 SE Sherman St.
Gibson was charged with felony attempt to elude, felony hit-and-run, felony criminal mischief, misdemeanor hit-and-run and second-degree theft and is lodged at the Linn County Jail.