Man who ran from police caught near mill

By Bob Albrecht, Columbian Staff Reporter

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A spokesman with the Washington State Patrol said a man working at a Clark County sawmill stopped a man who had fled police in Portland.

Lonnie Sahm, 32, of Tigard, Ore., allegedly took off when Portland police and Multnomah County sheriff’s deputies tried to pull him over near Northeast 122nd Avenue and Northeast Fremont Street at about 11 p.m. Thursday.

As police in Oregon tried to pull the man over, they received information Sahm was possibly armed and dangerous.

He allegedly led police on a high-speed chase through Portland, across the I-5 bridge into Washington, and then east on state Highway 14.

Troopers said the driver ditched his car near the Columbia Vista Corporation mill, 18637 S.E. Evergreen Highway.

Mill workers who had been listening to the chase on a police scanner stepped outside to see what was going on.

One of the men saw Sahm and told him to stop, “So, the guy stopped. That’s when the troopers caught up to him and took him into custody,” said Trooper Steve Schatzel, a spokesman for the state patrol.

Sahm was arrested on suspicion of felony eluding, driving while suspended, DUI, reckless endangerment and possession of a controlled substance, Schatzel said.

Sahm was lodged in the Clark County Jail.