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Update: Motorcyclist in custody after high-speed police chase

Iosif Savitskiy, 24, of St. Helens was arrested on numerous reckless driving charges and lodged in the Columbia County Jail after attempting to elude an Oregon State Police trooper on his 2006 Yamaha motorcycle Friday morning, July 19.

The chase started along Highway 30, east of Scappoose, and ended when the motorcyclist crashed into a yard in North Portland. At the request of OSP, Portland Police Bureau is investigating a reported collision involving the motorcyclist and an OSP patrol car prior to the incident.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Savitskiy

OSP reported that a driving complaint was received Friday, July 19, at approximately 7:40 a.m. of a high-speed, reckless motorcycle heading eastbound on Highway 30 from the Scappoose area. Approximately five minutes later, an OSP trooper saw the motorcycle traveling in excess of 100 miles per hour eastbound near milepost 14 and attempted to stop it.

Savitskiy refused to yield to the trooper's emergency lights and siren and continued eastbound at a high rate of speed, exiting Highway 30 at the St. Johns Bridge into North Portland. After crossing the bridge, a sideswiping collision occurred between Savitskiy and the patrol car, after which Savitskiy continued to flee.

At approximately 7:52 a.m., Savitskiy rode his motorcycle over a curb in the vicinity of North Mohawk Avenue and North Ivanhoe Street in St. Johns, crashing in a residential yard. The OSP trooper stopped in the yard next to Savitskiy and, after a brief scuffle, detained the motorcyclist. Details of the chase are still under investigation by OSP and the Portland Police Bureau.

The trooper, a seven-year member of OSP assigned to the St. Helens work site, was placed on restricted, modified duty pending completion of the investigation. The trooper will be assigned to do work in the office while OSP investigates if the protocol the trooper followed complies with departmental policy and rules, said Lt. Gregg Hastings, Oregon State Police spokesman.

“We'll take that step while we look into the incident further,” he said. “We'll include what appears to be contact between him and motorcyclist.”

The trooper sustained a minor injury during the altercation that did not require hospital treatment, Hastings added.

Savitskiy was checked at the scene for possible injuries and was then lodged at the Columbia County Jail on charges of felony attempt to elude police and reckless driving. Savitskiy was also cited by OSP to appear in Multnomah County Circuit Court on charges of felony and misdemeanor attempt to elude, reckless driving, recklessly endangering another person, endangering a highway worker, resisting arrest, assaulting a public safety officer and driving while suspended.