OSP Seeking Public's Help to Locate Driver Following Elude in Rainier Area 08/20/2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
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Update - August 21, 2012: Oregon State Police (OSP) is looking for an unidentified male driver following a Saturday evening incident in the Rainier area. A previously named suspect thought to be the driver was contacted by OSP and not considered a person of interest. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Oregon State Police Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888.
On August 18, 2012 at approximately 7:45 p.m., OSP Fish & Wildlife Trooper Adam Shimer was checking anglers at Dibblee Beach underneath the Lewis and Clark Bridge when he spotted a suspicious green 1990 Chevrolet 2500 pickup parked behind a tree. As the trooper approached the pickup, it left recklessly through the park nearly hitting a child on a bicycle.
The Chevrolet pickup was attempting to elude the trooper who was operating a marked OSP pickup, initially heading toward the bridge where a Rainier police vehicle was positioned to assist. When the pickup's driver spotted the police car he turned back on to Highway 30 away from Rainier before continuing to elude Rainier police and OSP in and around the city of Rainier.
OSP and Rainier police eventually lost sight of the pickup but found it later abandoned in the Rainier watershed area about five miles from Rainier. OSP, Columbia County Sheriff's Office and Rainier police searched the area until darkness without locating its driver.
During the incident, a citizen called 9-1-1 to report a possible gunshot from the fleeing pickup as it traveled along a city street. Upon checking the report, a loaded rifle was found lying on a road.