No injuries in early Saturday incident
by: Photo provided Jason M. Amato

Clackamas County Sheriff's deputies arrested a Tualatin man early Saturday morning after observing a suspect speed off from a traffic stop, crash his SUV at a highway exit and flee on foot into a wooded area.

It took a brief search by two canine handlers with police dogs to locate Jason Michael Amato, 37, near Highway 224 and S.E. 82nd Avenue and take him into custody. A female passenger in the Dodge Durango was not injured.

Officials said the woman identified the driver as Amato and told them that he was drunk. Amato's driving privileges had been suspended for driving under the influence of alcohol, officials said.

The incident began at about 12:45 a.m. Saturday morning when a CCSO deputy stopped the Durango for a traffic violation near I-205 and Highway 212 in Clackamas. When the deputy came up to the vehicle, the driver took off and was pursued, officials said.

Trying to take the Highway 224 West exit at a high rate of speed, the SUV rolled over and the driver left on foot, officials said. After a short chase, the deputy called for backup to set up a search perimeter and the police dogs were called in. Police officers from Milwaukie and Oregon City took part in securing the search area while the dogs did their work.

After a short time, the dogs found Amato in a wooded area northwest of the crash and officers took him into custody. He was charged with DUII, attempt to elude, driving while suspended, reckless driving and reckless endangering and taken to the Clackamas County Jail.

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