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Update: Names Released Related to Investigation of Fatal Traffic Crash in Columbia County
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Sunday night's fatal traffic crash that occurred when the driver of a stolen car attempting to elude a Columbia County deputy crashed on Scappoose-Vernonia Highway about three miles east of Nehalem River Highway.  The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office has positively identified the man who died.
Dental records confirmed the man's identity as BROOKS JAY ANDERSON, age 33, from St. Helens. At the time of the July 4th incident and fatal crash, ANDERSON was wanted on seven outstanding felony and misdemeanor warrants that included charges for Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Felony Attempt to Elude, Attempted Assault in the Second Degree, Reckless Driving, Unauthorized Departure, and Violation of a Release Agreement.
The involved officers are identified as:
  • Columbia County Sheriff's Deputy Ryan Dews, hired full-time November 2009 after working as a reserve deputy for over four years.  Sheriff Jeff Dickerson reported Dews maintained a safe following distance behind the eluding vehicle and his actions were within policy and under proper authority pursuing a stolen vehicle on county roadways.
  • Vernonia Police Officer Shawn Carnahan and Sergeant Mike Conner.
On Sunday night, July 4, 2010, ANDERSON was driving a stolen 1989 Nissan 240SX when he died during a single vehicle crash while attempting to elude Columbia County Deputy Ryan Dews. ANDERSON lost control trying to avoid a spike strip placed on the roadway by Vernonia Police Officer Shawn Carnahan. Upon crashing, the car caught fire and a 37-year old male passenger was pulled from the vehicle by Deputy Dews and Vernonia Police Officer Carnahan. They couldn't recue ANDERSON because of the fire.
The passenger, ROBERT J. REGAN, was transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Hospital with serious injuries.
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office requested OSP lead the crash investigation with the assistance of an OSP crash reconstructionist.