ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Arraignment for a man accused of leading Astoria, Ore., police on a high-speed chase after he was shot and wounded by officers has been delayed a day after the man requested a Russian interpreter.
The Daily Astorian reports that 37-year-old Yevgeniy Savinskiy of Washougal made his request Tuesday to Judge Cindee Matyas, saying he wanted to be sure he understood the legal terms involved.
Matyas rescheduled the arraignment for Wednesday.
Lawyer John Orr was appointed to represent Savinskiy. The defendant is charged with 13 counts, including attempted aggravated murder, attempted assault, identity theft and felony attempt to elude.
The charges stem from a Feb. 12 encounter with officers at the Lamplighter Motel in Astoria. Police say they located an assault rifle and materials to manufacture a silencer in the man's motel room. They say they shot and wounded him after he pointed a loaded handgun at them. Police say Savinskiy told them he was carrying the weapons for protection.