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Troutdale man crashes into house while eluding police

A Troutdale man crashed his car into a Happy Valley house Thursday night, April 12, while he allegedly attempted to elude police after a traffic stop.

The driver, identified as 18-year-old Volodymyr Kokhanevych, reportedly ran from the crash scene. Police arrested him at 2:05 a.m. Friday, April 13, at Southeast 139th Avenue and Sunnyside Road after a police sergeant located him, police said.

Kokhanevych was taken to the Clackamas County Jail on two charges of eluding a police officer and one charge each of reckless driving and criminal mischief. He was scheduled to appear in Clackamas County Circuit Court on Friday afternoon.

Happy Valley police said they stopped a white BMW with a driver and two passengers for a traffic violation at 11:45 p.m. Thursday at Southeast 172nd Avenue and Sunnyside Road.

The driver reportedly drove off northbound on 172nd Avenue. Moments later, the driver crashed the car into a house in the 17000 block of Southeast Hagen Road, causing exterior damage to the house, said Sgt. Adam Phillips of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

No one in the house was injured, and the house is still habitable, Phillips said.

The driver then ran. Police searched the area with the assistance of a K-9 unit.

Two juvenile teenagers were in the car, and they were not injured or arrested. Phillips said the passengers helped police identify the driver.

Police said Kokhanevych did not reveal the reason he attempted to elude police. He had scratches on his face after fleeing through blackberry bushes.

Kokhanevych has a history of arrests in Troutdale, Portland and Eugene for theft, criminal mischief, burglary, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct, police said.




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