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High-speed chase ends with driver's injury, damage to tracks

by: COURTESY OF MILWAUKIE POLICE DEPARTMENT - The driver of this Ford Explorer was seriously injured early Monday morning, Jan. 27, after a high-speed chase through Milwaukie that ended with the vehicle slamming through a power pole and damaging area railroad tracks.A 32-year-old man who led Milwaukie police on a short high-speed chase was seriously injured early Monday morning when his sport utility vehicle crashed at Southeast Campbell Street, knocking out power to the neighborhood and damaging freight train tracks.

Milwaukie police said the man suffered injuries in the crash and was taken to Oregon Health and Science University Hospital for treatment.

At about 1 p.m. Monday, Joshua Skyler Spencer was booked into the Clackamas County Jail after being released from OHSU.

Police said the incident began with an attempted traffic stop at about 4:24 a.m. Jan. 27 near Southeast Johnson Creek Boulevard and 32nd Avenue. The driver of a gray Ford Explorer refused to stop and sped away from a patrol car.

The Explorer sped south on 32nd Avenue. About a minute later, as the vehicle crossed Harrison Street, it failed to negotiate a turn at the intersection of Railroad Avenue, sped off the road and struck nearby Union Pacific railroad tracks. The vehicle then went airborne, landed on Campbell Street and struck a power pole, which knocked out power to area homes.

The vehicle crashed through a concrete and chain-link fence before coming to a stop in the front yard of a residence at the corner of Campbell and Myrtle streets.

Train traffic was halted as the track was evaluated for damage. Both freight and passenger trains could be affected by the damaged track, police said.

PGE crews worked to restore power to the area.



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