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Motorcyclist Arrested After Running Out of Gas Following Over 40 Mile Attempt to Elude
05/08/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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A Vancouver, Washington man was taken into custody early Friday after running out of gas on his motorcycle following an attempt to elude state, county and city police officers in an incident that started on Interstate 5 south of Woodburn and ended on the Interstate 205 Glenn Jackson Bridge.
 
On May 8, 2009 at approximately 12:50 a.m. Oregon State Police (OSP) Recruit Trooper Jennifer Russell was checking southbound traffic on Interstate 5 near milepost 267 when a high speed motorcycle went by northbound. Recruit Trooper Russell was able to overtake the motorcycle and attempted to stop it near milepost 272. The red 2006 Suzuki Washington plated motorcycle sped up to speeds of approximately 130 mph northbound on Interstate 5 and exited onto northbound Interstate 205. During the incident additional OSP troopers from the Tualatin and Portland offices assisted and took over the lead positions in their attempt to safely stop the motorcycle.
 
The motorcycle's speeds were reported to continue to reach up to approximately 130 mph northbound on Interstate 205. Officers from Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, West Linn Police Department, and Portland Police Bureau positioned to assist. Washington State Patrol troopers were in position on the Washington side of the Interstate 205 bridge ready to take over if the motorcyclist continued his attempt to elude into their state.
 
At 1:13 a.m. the operator pulled over and stopped near milepost 26 on the Interstate 205 Glenn Jackson Bridge where OSP troopers took the motorcycle operator into custody after the incident covered over 40 miles. After the arrest, troopers learned the operator stopped because he ran out of gas.
 
CLARK ALAN SEATON, age 22, from Vancouver, Washington was taken into custody on the following charges:
  • Felony Attempt to Elude Police on a Vehicle
  • Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants
  • Reckless Driving
  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Psilocybin Mushrooms
 
He was also cited for Unlawful Possession of less than an Ounce of Marijuana and Exceeding the Posted Speed Limit in Excess of 100 mph.
 
SEATON was lodged in the Marion County Jail.