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High speed chase ends in LO

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Clackamas County Sheriff's Deputies arrested a Milwaukie man after he led them on a pursuit in a stolen vehicle - and crashed into a city of Lake Oswego sign - on last Thursday morning.

Suspect Casey Joseph Graham, 22, reportedly drove in such a fashion that he endangered other motorists, deputies said. He reportedly nearly broadsided another vehicle after losing control of the stolen vehicle before crashing into a large wooden sign owned by the city of Lake Oswego, at the intersection of Southwest Kruse Way and Southwest Boones Ferry Road.

The crash, which happened at 2:14 a.m., damaged the sign and several feet of the chain-link fence behind it.

The pursuit began shortly after 2 a.m. - when a deputy traveling southbound on I-205 routinely ran the plates on a black Honda Civic 4-door traveling in the same direction.

The vehicle, it turned out, had been reported as stolen on March 31, deputies said.

The deputy began following the car. After being joined by other units, the deputy activated emergency lights to stop the vehicle. Instead, the vehicle - driven by Graham - sped up in an attempt to elude pursuing units.

At one point, Graham was reportedly driving in excess of 100 mph.

The chase went from I-205 southbound to I-5 northbound, leaving I-5 and the Highway 217/Kruse Way exit and 'blowing through a red light' to travel eastbound on Kruse Way. On Kruse Way, the car reached approximately 75 mph.

At the intersection of Kruse Way and Boones Ferry, the vehicle narrowly missed broadsiding a taxicab, then skidded into that intersection with the brakes locked. The car jumped the curb, went under an approximately 5 foot by 8 foot wooden city sign, and crashed into a chain-link retaining fence, where the vehicle came to rest.

After the crash, deputies approached the car. Officers said Graham was compliant as he was removed from the vehicle and arrested. Medical personnel responded and determined he was uninjured.

A responding deputy said that, during questioning, Graham 'repeatedly made comments about how sorry he was, and how he couldn't believe he wasn't killed in the crash.'

Graham was transported to Clackamas County Jail and lodged on charges that include unlawful use of a motor vehicle, unlawful possession of a stolen motor vehicle, attempt to elude (felony), reckless driving, criminal mischief , a warrant for delivery of marijuana near a school and a warrant for first-degree theft.

Graham was arraigned in the Clackamas County Circuit Court last week and is scheduled to appear in the same court on Wednesday at 9 a.m. for a parole violation hearing.