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Car crashes into fence after driver gives chase to deputy


One person was arrested and another cited and released Thursday afternoon in Rainier, following a 19-minute vehicle pursuit by a Columbia County Sheriff's deputy.

According to the county sheriff's office, Shalisa Hill, 27, didn't yield to a deputy who attempted to stop her near Doan Road and Ferncrest Drive around 4:30 p.m. She led the deputy on a chase for nearly 20 minutes, before veering off the road into a fence post near Clark Road, according to the sheriff's office.

Hill was charged with attempt to elude police, but was not arrested.

The deputy tried to stop Hill after he noticed 28-year-old Jeffrey Allen in the passenger seat. Allen is considered a person of interest in connection with an ongoing burglary spree investigation by the county sheriff's office and St. Helens Police. Allen had warrants for his arrest and was booked into county jail. Hill was arrested during last week's warrant sweep for possession of methamphetamine.

“Statements at the scene indicated the passenger reportedly threatened the driver and told her she'd be hurt if she did stop,” Jeff Dickerson, Columbia County Sheriff, said Monday. He said the pursuit didn't reach high speeds and Hill's vehicle didn't sustain major damage from the crash.

Allen was the 15th person to be arrested in a local warrant sweep targeting people police believe may have been involved in a recent string of burglaries in St. Helens.