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Suspect drives vehicle into the Clackamas River after a high speed chase
Please reference CCSO Case # 18-015334
The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an attempt to elude after a deputy tries to stop a vehicle for traffic violations in the city of Estacada. Photos are attached.
At approximately 10:10 pm on May 28, 2018, a Clackamas County Sheriff’s deputy observed a black Land Rover commit several traffic violations. The deputy then checked the speed of the vehicle with his radar and watched as it accelerated to nearly 100 mph. The vehicle was headed eastbound on Hwy 224 and was just entering the city of Estacada, OR.
The deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop but the driver would not stop. The deputy gave chase and pursued the vehicle on Highway 224 east to mile post 33. The deputy lost sight of the vehicle near that location.
Deputies checked the area and later discovered the suspect had driven straight off the road on a curve. The vehicle was found right-side-up in the middle of the Clackamas River in several feet of water. The vehicle had travelled quite a distance from the road and there was an approximate 40 foot drop off to the river at that location.
Due to the fact the vehicle was in the river, the Clackamas County Interagency Water Consortium was activated. As part of that program, specially trained rescue teams from the following agencies responded. Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Clackamas County Fire Department, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, Estacada Fire Department and American Medical Response.
Officers from the Sandy Police Department and an Oregon City Police Officer and canine responded to the scene to assist as well.
An initial search for any occupants of the vehicle was conducted by the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Water Rescue Team. The search revealed the vehicle was empty. They did locate a rifle and a few other identifying items inside the vehicle.
A witness on the shoreline was identified. The witness told deputies he yelled out to the crashed vehicle and a male responded that he was ok and did not need help. The witness did not see the suspect.
Deputies and officers searched the area with the help of a police canine. The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office also requested assistance from the Portland Police Air Support Unit due to the rugged and dangerous terrain at this location. A Portland Police airplane searched from above but the suspect was not located.
Photos from the scene are attached.
ADDITIONAL TIPS SOUGHT
The Sheriff’s Office is seeking additional information in this case. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line — by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 18-015334