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Passenger in stolen car, police pursuit sentenced

Elisha Marie Howell, the woman who was a passenger in a car theft and police pursuit case, was sentenced last Thursday, Sept. 15, to 18 months in state prison and three years of probation after pleading guilty in late July to unauthorized use of a vehicle and first-degree theft.

Howell, of Oregon City, was a passenger in a stolen SUV driven by Eric Caldwell in July 2015. Caldwell attempted to hit a Scappoose police officer with the SUV after an attempted traffic stop. The officer fired shots at Caldwell and struck him, but Caldwell fled the scene. He then ditched the SUV and stole another car from the Sears parking lot in Scappoose, all while injured by gunfire.

A multi-agency police pursuit of Caldwell and Howell ensued before the two were finally caught in Washington after the car Caldwell was driving broke down.

Howell, who was arrested last July and has been in custody since, will receive credit for time served.

Columbia Circuit Judge Jenefer Stenzel-Grant also ordered Howell’s driver’s license be suspended for one year.