Driver tries to hit Vancouver police officer, speeds away

He eludes capture after high-speed case

By Dave Kern, Columbian assistant metro editor

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Police tonight are looking for a driver who attempted to run down a Vancouver police officer, then escaped arrest after a high-speed chase on Interstate 205.

Vancouver police Cpl. Duane Boynton said that at 3:50 p.m. Monday he noticed a man and woman in a mid-1990s white, four-door Honda Accord acting suspiciously in the parking lot of the Comfort Suites, 4714 NE 94th Ave.

He pulled in behind the Honda. The Honda started to go in reverse toward his cruiser. As Boynton got out of the patrol car, the Honda driver “accelerated in reverse towards me.” Boynton eluded the car. The driver then drove over a grassy median and headed for I-205.

“He purposely tried to hit me,” Boynton said.

The chase was on and the driver “ran all the red lights,” Boynton said. The man used Padden Parkway, made a U-turn on 94th Avenue and headed west back to I-205.

Clark County sheriff’s Deputy Phil Walker was preparing spike strips on Padden Parkway but the Honda driver was using the shoulder of the road.

The chase continued onto 1-205. Boynton said he and Walker were in the fast lane with their lights flashing.

“The driver was using both shoulders and cutting people off,” Boynton said.

Finally, the driver got off at 134th Street and Boynton and Walker could not see in which direction he headed.

The car had no license plate but did have a temporary trip permit in the back window.

Boynton said his gut tells him the car is stolen and that the driver is wanted on some crime.

The driver was described as a white man in his mid 30s with blond hair, unshaven, wearing a blue shirt and a red bandanna. The woman passenger was described as white, in her 20s, with dark hair in a bun.

Boynton said that when caught, the man will be arrested for attempted first-degree assault and attempting to elude.

Anyone who sees the car are asked to call 911.