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Tigard Police on lookout after high speed chase

Tigard police lose suspect after high speed chase into Vancouver, Wash.
by: Multnomah County Sheriff Sergio Hunt

SWAT officers barricaded a home in Vancouver Wednesday morning as they searched for a man who led Tigard police on a high-speed chase through Portland and into Washington.

Sergio Hunt, 25, of Vancouver is suspected of domestic abuse crimes in Tigard including harassment, menacing, unlawful use of a weapon and burglary, said Jim Wolf, a spokesman with the Tigard Police Department.

Police say a suspicious man believed to be Hunt was seen at the door of an undisclosed apartment off Pacific Highway at about 3:30 Wednesday morning.

The apartment had been the scene of several break-in attempts in the past, Wolf said, and escalating incidents of domestic violence involving Hunt.

Police arrived at the scene and saw what Wolf described as a 'suspicious vehicle' leaving the area.

Several Tigard Police officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver refused to stop.

Police followed the car through Tigard and onto Interstate 5 where Portland Police attempted to use spike strips to stop him. The driver and more than one police car reportedly hit the spike strip, but the chase continued across the Columbia River into Vancouver.

Clark County law enforcement continued the chase and followed a trail of gouges in the road left by the car's metal wheels to a home outside of Vancouver at about 3:40 a.m., when a Clark County SWAT team surrounded the house.

After several hours of calling the house on the phone and on loudspeakers, officers deployed tear gas and sent a robot in to search the home.

Hunt was not found.

Tigard police are continuing their investigation and are asking anyone with information relating to the whereabouts of Hunt to call 503-639-6168.