Vancouver motorist held for mental evaluation in Oregon

By Tom Vogt, Columbian Science, Military & History Reporter



A Vancouver motorist was taken to a Clackamas County, Ore., hospital for a mental health evaluation Tuesday after deputies responded to reports of a reckless driver.

According to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched at about 1 p.m. after several people called in reports of a reckless driver in a black Chevy Tahoe.

The driver refused to stop, even though several cars from the sheriff’s office were pursuing with lights flashing and sirens on.

The driver continued east on Southeast Sunnyside Road, then turned around at 172nd Avenue and drove back to the west.

After trying other methods to stop the car, deputies deployed spike strips. The driver stopped near the intersection of Sunnyside and Valley View Terrace, and deputies took him into custody without further incident.

He was identified as James Lee Givart, 44, of Vancouver. He was transported to a hospital on a police officer hold for a physical and mental-health evaluation.

A felony charge of attempting to elude and a charge of reckless driving will be submitted to the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office.

No injuries were reported.

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