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Man arrested in Oregon after police chase through Hazel Dell

By , Columbian staff writer

A man was arrested Thursday night in Tigard, Ore., after leading Clark County sheriff’s deputies on a chase in Hazel Dell in a stolen pickup and driving into Oregon.

Deputies found a stolen Ford F-350 at about 8:45 p.m. in the area of Northeast 94th Street and 15th Avenue. When deputies tried to stop the truck, the driver drove down Highway 99, going over medians and running red lights, according to a news release.

Deputies stopped chasing the pickup, but detectives found the truck again a short time later, the news release states.

The Portland Police Bureau and sheriff’s office’s joint air support unit located the pickup driving across the Interstate 5 Bridge into Oregon. Air support followed the truck through Portland and into Washington County, Ore., according to the sheriff’s office. The truck eventually stopped in a parking lot at 9009 S.W. Hall Blvd., in Tigard.

When Washington County sheriff’s deputies approached the pickup, the driver ran onto a nearby golf course, the news release states. Deputies, along with police K-9 and air units, tracked the man and arrested him without further incident.

David James Curtis, 30, was charged in Washington County with unlawful use of a vehicle. He will also face Clark County allegations of possession of a stolen vehicle, reckless driving and attempting to elude police, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office said.

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