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Man critically injured in crash after eluding police

A crash near Gales Creek sent a driver to the hospital via Life Light


Photo Credit: COURTESY PHOTO - Police officers and medical crews wheeled a driver over to the Life Flight helicopter early Thursday morning.A man was transported to the hospital by Life Flight after crashing his truck near the intersection of Gales Creek Road and Owl Drive around 12:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 22.

Forest Grove police officers, an Oregon State Police trooper and medical crews responded to the scene of the crash where they found the pickup upside down in a creek along the south side of the road. The driver was lying face-down, unconscious.

Earlier in the night, around 11:15 Wednesday, Jan. 21, a caller reported that a vehicle was speeding up and down D Street and 21st Place and squealing their tires. They described the vehicle as a white Ford pickup that was lifted with over-sized tires. An officer checked the area but was unable to find the truck.  At around midnight, the original caller reported that the vehicle was back in the area. An officer arrived and saw a white Ford F250 lifted pickup on D Street near 23rd Avenue and observed it go through a stop sign without stopping. The officer went after the truck and observed it go through another stop sign without stopping.

The pickup pulled away from officer and sped away going more than 70 miles per hour on E Street toward Thatcher Road. The officer ended the pursuit on Gales Creek Road near Thatcher for the safety of other drivers as the pickup continued out of town westbound at a high rate of speed.  When officers later arrived at the scene of the crash, they rendered first aid before medical personnel arrived. The Washington County Sheriff's Office is handling the crash investigation. The identity of the driver is unknown at this time.

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