Police: Driver high on drugs crashes into oncoming traffic on I-5

      BROWNSVILLE, Ore. - A Springfield man high on drugs lost control of his BMW on wet pavement and crossed into oncoming traffic on Interstate 5 Tuesday, causing a crash that sent 4 people to the hospital, Oregon State Police said.

      First responders also found a handgun and meth on Aaron L. Brown, 28, after pulling him from the wreckage of his 1995 BMW sedan, police said.

      The crash happened just after 4 p.m. when Brown lost control of his car on I-5 north of Brownsville. The car crossed the center median into the southbound lanes of I-5, where it was hit by an Oldsmobile Alero driven by Curtis Fogelquist, 57, of Eugene, according to police.

      Fogelquist and his passenger, 41-year-old Joseph Bertrand, were taken by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with minor injuries, police said.

      Medics from Halsey Shedd Fire Protection District pulled Brown and his passenger, Jolene Powell of Veneta, from the wreckage of the BMW. They were taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with serious, non-life threatening injuries, police said. Neither Brown nor Powell was using safety restraints, police said.

      After they got him out of the wreck, first responders found a gun concealed on Brown. The firearm was securted as evidence, police said.

      Oregon State Police cited Brown to appear in Linn County Circuit Court on the following charges:

      • Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants - Drugs
      • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine
      • Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
      • Assault in the Fourth Degree
      • Driving While Suspended