Oregon State Police

Oregon State Police (OSP) are investigating the Aug. 13 death of a 23-year-old Brookings man following a high-speed chase that began in Brookings and ended at Pistol River State Park near Gold Beach.

The chase began following a downtown traffic stop attempted by the Brookings Police Department at 11:21 p.m.

“Our officer was passed by the suspect, who was driving recklessly at a very high rate of speed within the city limits,” Brookings Police Chief Kelby McCrae said. “This same officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop for this driving behavior.” 

The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Dylan James Smith, failed to stop and continued along U.S. Highway 101, said law-enforcement officials.

Curry County Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted in the pursuit and deployed spike strips.

According to an OSP report, the suspect’s vehicle turned into a pullout in Pistol River State Park, where the driver committed suicide.  

McCrae said his police officer did not discharge his weapon. OSP Capt. Timothy Fox confirmed that no other officers fired shots during the incident, which remained under investigation at press time.


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