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Police: Driver flees at 120 mph, crashes car with 3-year-old in back

EUGENE, Ore. - A man with his 3-year-old son in the back seat fled police at up to 120 mph on Interstate 5 on Tuesday afternoon before losing control and crashing head-on into another car, state police said.

Troopers arrested Kameron Michael Payne, 32, of McCleary, Washington, on charges of felony attempt to elude police, reckless driving and recklessly endangering another person. He was also cited for doing 120 mph in a 65 mph zone.

State police got a driving complaint about a 1992 BMW with Washington plates around 4:21 p.m. near Woodburn on I-5 southbound.

A trooper tried to stop the car in Salem, but the driver sped off at speeds over 100 mph, state police said.

Sheriff's deputies from Linn and Lane counties worked with state police to try to stop the speeding car. The driver, later identified as Payne, managed to avoid a spike strip put out to puncture his tires.

When he took an exit more than 40 minutes after the chase started, however, Payne drove through a stop sign and crashed head-on into another vehicle, police said. The driver of that vehicle was not badly injured, police said.

Payne's son was taken into protective custody by the state Department of Human Services.

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