Suspect in hit-and-run of Battle Ground officer arrested

Woman taken into custody in Oregon; will be extradited

By Paul Suarez, Columbian freelance

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Updated: August 18, 2011, 11:11 PM

 

U.S. Marshals on Wednesday afternoon took a woman suspected of being involved in the hit-and-run of a Battle Ground police officer into custody.

Stephanie Janelle Forester was taken into custody around 4 p.m. Wednesday in northwest Portland, according to Clackamas County Sheriff spokesman James Rhodes.

Forester, 29, was booked into the Clackamas County Jail on suspicion of three counts of unauthorized use of a vehicle, three counts of identity theft and one count of unauthorized departure. She will be extradited to Washington for any outstanding charges, Rhodes said.

Police from Portland and Vancouver chased a car suspected to be driven by Forester across state lines on Aug. 11. The car she was suspected of driving was chased to the area of Southeast 126th Avenue and Mill Plain Boulevard, where its driver fled. Police were unable to locate the driver.

Forester allegedly assaulted a Battle Ground police officer with her SUV on Aug. 6 around 11:30 a.m. The officer was called to the 2000 block of West Main Street to look into a report of a man hitting a woman in a silver SUV. The woman jumped into the SUV, drove off and struck the officer in the hip area. The officer did not require medical attention, according to Battle Ground police.

Forester has a no-bail hold out of Washington for a parole violation, Rhodes said.