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Sunday police chase ends with pepper spray

After a high-speed chase through Scappoose Sunday, June 22, at about 8:30 p.m., police arrested a male suspect near the intersection of Cornelius Pass Road and Highway 30 with the use of pepper spray.

According to a press release from the department, before the chase began, the suspect was parked at the St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union location in Scappoose and was heard making comments about hurting himself. When he was approached by a Scappoose police officer on foot, the suspect reportedly fled in his Ford SUV.

The suspect, whose name was not released, made several turns before traveling south on Highway 30, pursued by Scappoose police, the release states. Oregon State Police troopers set up spike strips about three miles south of the credit union and successfully deflated multiple tires of the suspect's vehicle.

The suspect then stopped near the Rocky Point weigh station, where police made multiple commands for him to exit his vehicle, according to police. After revving his engine, the release continues, the suspect again fled south on Highway 30, wheels bare and scraping the asphalt.

The suspect stopped again at Cornelius Pass Road where Portland police had shut down Highway 30 northbound near the Sauvie Island Bridge, according to the release, which added that he refused to exit his vehicle or comply with officers' commands.

The release states officers deployed pepper spray into the suspect's vehicle. He was then arrested with the St. Helens Police Department, OSP and the Columbia County Sheriff's Office assisting.

The suspect was transported to Oregon Health & Science University, placed on a Police Officer Mental Hold, and was cited for eluding police officers in a vehicle and reckless driving.