High-speed pursuit ends in North Bonneville stand-off, arrest

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian breaking news reporter

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A man was arrested Thursday after a high-speed chase that started in Cascade Locks, Ore., and ended in a brief standoff on the Washington side of the Columbia River in North Bonneville.

The pursuit began just before 11:30 p.m. when a deputy with the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office reportedly tried to stop a 1992 Toyota pickup that was driving erratically.

The pickup accelerated away from the deputy, traveling at speeds that exceeded 85 mph, and crossed the Bridge of the Gods into Skamania County, according to the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office.

The vehicle continued west on state Highway 14, where a Skamania County sheriff’s deputy joined the pursuit, according to authorities.

The pursuit ended at a residence in North Bonneville. The driver, later identified as Louis Oscar Grimmer of North Bonneville, brandished a handgun and a brief stand-off followed, according to the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies used a Taser to arrest Grimmer and he was arrested on suspicion of attempting to elude police, driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving and unlawful use of a weapon.