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Reckless driver tangles with police

by:  Giroux

A reckless driver could not get away from Lake Oswego police in a chase down Highway 43 on March 8.

A LOPD officer attempted to make a routine traffic stop on a driver, later identified as Jeffrey Michael Giroux, at the corner of Country Club and Knaus roads.

Instead of stopping, the man drove his red 1989 Toyota Camry eastbound on Country Club Road to A Avenue then turned southbound onto Highway 43.

West Linn police officers responded by setting up spike strips in the area of Marylhurst Drive. The action worked, deflating a tire, but it still did not stop the suspect from continuing his escape attempt, even as sparks flew from the bare rim of his tire and caught his vehicle on fire.

The chase continued to I-205 westbound, then to I-5 northbound before he was finally stopped at the intersection of I-5 and Highway 217.

Despite stopping, the struggle continued as the suspect fought with officers trying to take him into custody. Giroux and an officer suffered injuries in the scuffle, and both were treated at OHSU hospital.

The officer is back on duty. It is expected the suspect will be released from the hospital today.

Giroux will be referred to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office for a felony attempt to elude in a vehicle, a misdemeanor for reckless driving, driving under the influence of intoxicants and resisting arrest.

Assisting Lake Oswego and West Linn police officers were the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, King City police, Oregon City police, Oregon State police, Tigard police and Tualatin police.