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Police deploy spike strip in effort to halt fleeing suspect

Thompson St. Helens and Oregon State Police officers arrested a St. Helens man Friday, March 28, at about 9 p.m. on DUII charges and for allegedly attempting to elude police in a vehicle and on foot, according to an OSP press release.

After receiving two complaints about a potentially impaired driver traveling north on Highway 30 from Scappoose, an OSP trooper pulled over Steven Michael Thompson, 23, on Old Portland Road. Thompson allegedly sped off while the trooper was standing outside the suspect's Ford Focus, speaking with him.

Police then ran spike strips ahead of the suspect along Old Portland Road near 14th Street, successfully popping three of Thompson's tires.

Thompson continued to flee despite the blown tires, traveling through St. Helens, the release states.

The suspect crashed at the intersection of North 9th Street and Columbia Boulevard, then abandoned the car and attempted to flee on foot. A St. Helens police officer caught Thompson and tackled him to the ground before he could escape. The suspect resisted, but was restrained by officers and taken into custody.

Thompson was lodged in the Columbia County Jail Friday on charges of DUII, attempting to elude in a vehicle, attempting to elude on foot, reckless driving, resisting arrest, second-degree criminal trespass and third-degree criminal mischief, the release states.

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