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Robbery Suspect Arrested After Crashing Attempting to Elude Officers on Interstate 205
07/03/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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A 49-year old Canby man will be lodged in Clackamas County Jail by sheriff deputies after he was involved in a traffic crash attempting to elude deputies and Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers Thursday afternoon following a reported armed robbery of the Sterling Savings Bank in Happy Valley. Details regarding the initial incident and suspect information are released by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office (CCSO). Details regarding the crash are available in this news release.
 
According to CCSO, on July 3, 2008 at approximately 3:07 p.m. an officer assigned to an interagency task force spotted a 1994 Chevrolet 1500 pickup displaying Oregon license plates driven by MITCHELL SEAN COOLEY, age 49, from Canby, westbound on SE Sunnyside Road from the scene of a reported armed robbery. Deputies and OSP troopers began monitoring and attempting to stop the pickup as it tried to elude officers from SE Sunnyside Road and north on Interstate 205.
 
At 3:12 p.m., OSP Sergeant Tom Worthy operating a marked OSP Dodge Charger patrol car saw the suspect pickup northbound on Interstate 205 near Johnson Creek Boulevard and moved into position behind it as CCSO deputies were coming up from behind. The pickup drove left over and down the center grass median into the southbound lanes and was traveling at about 30 mph when Sergeant Worthy attempted to stop it using a tactical vehicle intervention maneuver.
 
After the patrol car impacted the pickup, the pickup struck a concrete barrier on the right side of the freeway, straightened out and continued driving across all three lanes. The pickup drove up the center grass median and over the top at an angle into the northbound lanes.
 
The Chevrolet pickup driven by COOLEY struck the left rear side of a 2001 Honda Odyssey van with eight occupants, and then crashed head-on with a blue 2006 Volkswagen Jetta four-door. After impacting the Volkswagen, the pickup struck the left rear corner of a slow moving IITR commercial driver training semi-trailer and stopped.
 
CCSO deputies and OSP troopers surrounded the pickup and detained the suspect at 3:20 p.m.
 
COOLEY reported possible injury and was transported in an ambulance with deputies to a local hospital for treatment before being lodged at Clackamas County Jail. Charges listed in a CCSO news release are Robbery in the First Degree, Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle, Reckless Driving, and Parole Violation.
 
The Honda van's driver, GABRIEL ARANGO ORTIGOZA, age 25, from Gresham, was not injured. The van had five kids, ages 1 – 13, and two other adult women including his wife who was transported by AMR ambulance to a local hospital with minor injuries.
 
The student truck driver, JASON ALLEN GILBERT, age 31, from southeast Portland, was not injured. His instructor, LLOYD POTTER, age 68, from Welches, and two other student passengers were not injured.
 
The Volkswagen's driver, JARED M. WHITE, age 27, from northeast Portland, was not injured.
 
All northbound lanes were closed until about 5:30 p.m. when two lanes were re-opened. ODOT handled traffic-related decisions and detours.