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Standoff closes all lanes of I-205 near Highway 500 in Vancouver for two hours

Suspect allegedly stole a semi cab, according to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

By Amy Libby, Columbian Web Editor, and
Jessica Prokop, Columbian Local News Editor
Published: June 10, 2024, 6:05pm
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An armored Clark County Sheriff’s Office car heads north on Interstate 205 on Monday, June 10, 2024, in Vancouver. Suspects in an Oregon vehicle theft barricaded themselves in a semi cab on Interstate 205, forcing the closure of all lanes in both directions for about two hours Monday morning, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.
An armored Clark County Sheriff’s Office car heads north on Interstate 205 on Monday, June 10, 2024, in Vancouver. Suspects in an Oregon vehicle theft barricaded themselves in a semi cab on Interstate 205, forcing the closure of all lanes in both directions for about two hours Monday morning, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. (Taylor Balkom/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Suspects in an Oregon vehicle theft barricaded themselves in a semitruck cab on Interstate 205 in Vancouver, forcing the closure of all lanes in both directions for about two hours Monday morning, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Will Finn said two people were in custody after the incident.

All lanes of the freeway were closed in both directions between Mill Plain Boulevard and state Highway 500 in response to the incident that started shortly after 10 a.m. Lanes started reopening about 11:45 a.m., but traffic was backed up for miles in each direction by then.

Armored units were called to the scene in response to the standoff, which started with the semi cab theft in Oregon.

Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office deputies began pursuing the stolen semi cab in Fairview just before 10 a.m., according to the agency.

The owner of the semi called 911 about 9 a.m. to report he was tracking the vehicle in southeast Portland. About a half-hour later, the owner reported it was near Northeast Marine Drive and Interlachen Lane in Fairview. About 15 minutes later, deputies located it at Blue Lake Park, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

Deputies attempted to use their vehicles to block the truck. Video shared by KGW-TV shows the semi ramming a sheriff’s office pickup and pushing it into another before driving away. One deputy suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital to be evaluated, the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies used spike strips near Northeast Sandy Boulevard and other locations to deflate the semi’s tires, according to the sheriff’s office.

By the time the truck reached I-205 into Vancouver, the semi’s front tires had disintegrated, according to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. The semi eventually stopped north of Burton Road. But the driver and a passenger refused to exit the vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office.

Troopers, Vancouver police and Clark County sheriff’s deputies responded to assist Multnomah County deputies.

The two semi occupants eventually exited the truck.

The driver was identified as 39-year-old Jesus “Jessie” Meza-Sanchez of Portland. Meza-Sanchez was booked into the Clark County Jail on suspicion of assault, elude, criminal mischief, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Meza-Sanchez will be extradited to Multnomah County. The female passenger was not arrested and later released, according to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.

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