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Arrested California man ‘stole truck’ and ‘crashed into 26 cars’

A California man has been arrested after he deliberately crashed into 26 different vehicles after speeding up Highway 101 into neighboring Oregon. 

Kevin Simpson, 47, of Eureka, was taken into custody on Saturday following his reckless interstate excursion that left at least one woman in the hospital. 

Police say Simpson stole a Dodge 1500 pickup in his hometown, before cruising up The 101 over state lines.  

At 10am, in the town of Coos Bay, officers were alerted to a series of hit-and-runs.

Shortly after, a woman in nearby North Bend called cops to say she had been ‘struck from behind while stopped at a traffic signal’, Mercury News reports. 

The female driver said the Dodge pickup sped off, making no attempt to stop. 

As Smith continued to speed north, he plowed into more than a dozen additional vehicles. 

At the Siltcoos Lake trailhead, near the town of Florence, several cars were struck and a woman was injured. 

She was rushed to hospital, but is expected to make a full recovery. 

Police launched a pursuit for Smith, before discovering the Dodge 1500 abandoned on a private property nearby. 

The stolen car had crashed through a gate and become stuck in the sand – ending his 40-mile hit-and-run spree. 

However, Smith was quickly located and apprehended by Oregon State Troopers. 

He told them he had kept count of all the vehicles he had crashed into, and declared that there were 26 damaged vehicles in total. 

Smith was booked on suspicion of hit-and-run, reckless endangerment, reckless driving and criminal mischief. 

He remains in Lane County Jail. 

Mercury News reports that he has a lengthy rap sheet, which consists of burglary and home invasion charges.  

During one 2014 home invasion, he allegedly threatened a female occupant with a meat cleaver.  

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