Tuesday, May 18, 2021
May 18, 2021

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High-speed chase on Highway 14 ends with crash, arrest

By , Columbian Metro Editor

A high-speed chase on state Highway 14 late Thursday afternoon ended after the fleeing driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed while trying to ram a pursuing patrol car, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

The chase started at 4:34 p.m. when a sheriff’s detective saw an older, red Acura coupe pass him at speeds over 100 mph and continue while weaving in and out of lanes, according to a sheriff’s office statement.

The detective activated his patrol car’s emergency lights and tried to stop the Acura, which continued east on state Highway 14 and took the Sixth Street exit in Camas before abruptly changing course and speeding west on Highway 14, the statement said.

The detective followed the Acura until they were near Northeast 192nd Avenue and began to slow to discontinue the pursuit. But the Acura also slowed, suddenly swerving in what the statement said was an attempt to crash into the detective’s patrol car.

The detective couldn’t avoid the collision, and the Acura lost control and slid off the roadway on the north side of Highway 14. A man jumped out of the vehicle and ran into a nearby rock quarry, but he was found and arrested after being tracked by Vancouver Police Department K-9 Ivar.

The man, who was described only as a white male adult, was taken to a hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening. The detective was not injured, the sheriff’s office statement said.

The statement said the man’s name was being withheld due to an ongoing investigation but said no additional suspects remain outstanding in the case.