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OSP Seeking Driver Following Attempt to Elude on Interstate 205 near Highway 224
09/28/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation and seeking information to positively identify the driver of a car that attempted to elude officers early Wednesday before crashing into a commercial truck in the southbound lanes of Interstate 205 near Highway 224. The driver fled on foot and there were no reported injuries.
 
On September 28, 2011 at approximately 1:00 a.m. Trooper Dessa DeForest stopped a black 1999 Jaguar displaying Oregon license plates in gas station lot at SE 82nd Avenue and SE King Road for a traffic violation. The two male occupants got out of the car and started walking away at which point Deforest told them to return back to the car. As both men got back inside the car, the driver accelerated away.
 
Another trooper spotted the car at Sunnyside Road as it fled southbound onto Interstate 205 at speeds over 100 mph. Shortly after getting onto Interstate 205 the car collided into a commercial truck near milepost 12.
 
The driver fled on foot from the car and as troopers arrived on scene they detained the passenger identified as MARCO ANTONIO GARCIA, age 23, from southeast Portland. GARCIA was not injured or arrested but was cited for Unlawful Possession of an Open Container of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle.
 
OSP troopers, with the assistance of Clackamas County deputies and a Portland Police canine, searched the area but didn't find the driver who has not been positively identified. The car was not stolen and the owner was not the driver.
 
The truck driver, whose name is not available, was not injured.
 
The southbound lanes of Interstate 205 in the area were restricted to one lane for about two hours.
 
Anyone with information regarding the driver's identity is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888.