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OSP Locates, Cites Motorcycle Operator After Elude and Trooper's Crash near Clatskanie
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Following the issuance of Monday's news release, Oregon State Police (OSP) developed additional information positively identify the operator of a motorcycle sought after eluding an OSP trooper following a single vehicle traffic crash on Highway 30 west of Clatskanie.
The suspect voluntarily came to the OSP Astoria Area Command office Tuesday, September 27th, at 9:00 a.m. and has fully cooperated with the investigation. As a result of the public's help and the ongoing investigation, NICHOLAS R. BOEHLER III, age 30, from Westport, was cited to appear October 24, 2011 in Columbia County Circuit Court on the following charges:
  • Felony Attempt to Elude Using a Motor Vehicle
  • Reckless Driving
  • Violation of the Basic Rule to wit: 74 mph in a 55 mph speed zone
  • No Operators License to wit: No Motorcycle Endorsement
Oregon State Police (OSP) asked for the public's help Monday to locate and identify the motorcycle and its driver involved in an early Sunday morning attempt to elude along Highway 30 near Clatskanie. The motorcyclist, who was reportedly wearing a black helmet and dark colored clothing, had not been identified after the trooper crashed her patrol car and received minor injury.
On September 25, 2011 at approximately 6:30 a.m. OSP Trooper Jessica Spurlock was patrolling westbound on Highway 30 about three miles west of Clatskanie when she saw a unknown make or model dark colored motorcycle eastbound traveling 74 mph in a 55 mph speed zone. Spurlock turned around and overtook the motorcycle in Clatskanie where she attempted a traffic stop.
The motorcycle sped up to near 120 mph eastbound from Clatskanie. The trooper, with emergency lights and siren activated, kept the motorcycle in sight until losing control of the 2010 Ford Crown Victoria patrol car near milepost 59 and crashing into an embankment.
The motorcycle was last seen eastbound at a high rate of speed. Two vehicles that were westbound and may have witnessed the trooper's crash failed to stop and drove past the crash scene toward Clatskanie. The drivers of the two westbound vehicles that did not stop following the trooper's crash have not contacted OSP.