Oregon Man Steals Homeland Security Car, Triggers Wild Chase

By Steve Neavling

An Oregon man is accused of stealing a Homeland Security Investigations car and leading police on a wild chase that ended in the car crashing and flipping onto its roof in Cowlitz County. 

Travis Grygla, 43, of Portland, stole the car after he was arrested Wednesday morning while agents searched his home, The Oregonian reports. Agents didn’t handcuff Grygla, making it possible for him to steal the car, which had a gun in it, according to the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office. 

Grygla fled and drove more than 100 mph, rapidly changing lanes. 

Deputies blew out one of the car’s tires using a spike strip, but Grygla continued driving north on Interstate 5. After he exited the freeway, a deputy used a “pursuit intervention technique,” causing the car to roll over on its top. 

Grygla was arrested without further incident. It wasn’t clear whether he was injured. 

It also wasn’t clear why Grygla was originally arrested. He was convicted on child pornography charges in 2008. 

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