Suspect Identified in Pursuit and Child Rescue

Portland Police Bureau - 08/05/18 

The suspect arrested in connection with a pursuit in Northeast Portland on Saturday, August 4, 2018, has been identified 32-year-old Joseph M. Tedrick. 

Tedrick was initially transported to an area hospital by ambulance after he informed officers he swallowed a controlled substance prior to being arrested. Officers remained with Tedrick at the hospital during the six hour observation period. At the conclusion of the medical observation period, Tedrick was transported to the Multnomah County Jail and has since been released from the jail. 

Tedrick was lodged on charges of Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, Driving While Suspended (Misdemeanor), Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle, Attempt to Elude on Foot, and Interfering with a Peace Officer. 
Joseph M Tedrick


On Saturday, August 4, 2018, at 11:51 a.m., North Precinct officers received several calls about an erratic driver with a minor child in the back seat. Officers received information that the vehicle was last seen parked in the street in the area of North Anchor Way and North Harbour Drive. 

As officers were arriving to the area, they learned the male driver appeared to be passed out behind the wheel of a parked vehicle while a passerby was trying to get the child out of the vehicle. 

When officers arrived at the scene and attempted to contact the subject, the male subject was woken and he sped off eastbound with the child in the back seat. Officers were concerned for the welfare of both the driver, child and the public. Officers initiated a vehicle pursuit. 

Police units deployed spikes strips, a device used to impede or stop the movement of vehicles by puncturing their tires. As a result of a successful spike deployment, the suspect vehicle came to safe stop on Northeast Marine Drive east of Northeast 33rd Avenue. 

Once the suspect vehicle stopped, officers observed the male driver jump out of the vehicle, run into the Columbia River. The suspect started swimming away from the shore, leaving a child unattended inside the vehicle. Officers immediately approached the abandoned vehicle and found a female child, who appeared to be about 5 years old, unharmed. Officers took the child into their custody and she was taken to North Precinct and reunited with her mother. 

Portland Fire & Rescue Boat 17 was rescued to assist in taking the suspect into custody. Rescue Boat 17 arrived and the suspect was rescued from the water and taken into custody without incident. The suspect was transported to an area hospital by ambulance after he told officers he had taken an unspecified substance. 

The suspect will be identified after he is released from a Portland area hospital and lodged at the Multnomah County Jail. 

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Portland Police Bureau Non-Emergency number at 503-823-3333.