Man leads police on high-speed chase from Fairview, Ore., to Vancouver

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian breaking news reporter

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Officers from six agencies assisted in the arrest of a man who led police on a 12-mile, high-speed pursuit that started in Fairview, Ore., and ended with his arrest in Vancouver.

The pursuit began at 2:44 a.m. Wednesday when a Fairview police officer spotted a 1989 Acura Integra that the officer learned was stolen, Sgt. John Pemberton said.

The driver of the Integra, later identified as 23-year-old Daniel Edstrom of Gresham, Ore., ran a red light and then got onto Interstate 84 westbound as the officer pursued, Pemberton said.

Edstrom then drove at speeds of more than 100 mph north on Interstate 205, where he was met with spike strips that caused the car’s wheels to disintegrate and 100 feet of sparks to fly behind the vehicle, Pemberton said.

The car finally was disabled after the it left the freeway on the Mill Plain exit and then spun out in the 400 block of Northeast 112th Avenue.

But the driver didn’t stop there.

He fled the vehicle on foot and hid in the area. Vancouver police and a canine unit with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office responded and set up a perimeter in the area.

Vancouver police eventually found Edstrom in some bushes behind Oscar’s Bar & Grill, 400 N.E. 112th Ave., and took him into custody. Nobody was injured.

He was booked into the Clark County Jail on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, attempting to elude police, driving with a suspended license and a District Court warrant. Pemberton said that Edstrom is likely to face similar charges in Oregon.

A male passenger in the vehicle told police he was not aware the vehicle was stolen and had told Edstrom to pull over for police, Vancouver Police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said. He does not face any charges.