by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFF - Brandon Jon StavenjordA wanted man who eluded authorities is now in custody.

Shortly after midnight on Wednesday, April 2, Portland Police officers attempted to pull over a purple 1994 Ford Explorer on probable cause for a theft charge, but the driver fled in the SUV with the police in pursuit.

The chase crossed into Clackamas County at 12:35 a.m. and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office joined the pursuit at Johnson Creek Boulevard and 92nd Avenue.

They followed the Ford Explorer on Sunnyside to 122nd Avenue, along Southeast 135th Avenue to Southeast Highway 212, and east on Highway 224 toward Carver.

Shortly after joining the chase, a deputy recognized that the SUV was associated with Brandon Jon Stavenjord, 41.

Deputies had attempted to arrest Stavenjord for a parole violation from a Southeast Tumala Mountain Road residence in Estacada on Wednesday, March 19. The Clackamas County SWAT Team was called in, only to learn that Stavenjord had fled before they had arrived.

During the car chase on April 2, Stavenjord led law enforcement into Carver, avoiding spike strips unsuccessfully deployed to flatten the tires of his SUV near Ely Road.

Authorites followed Stavenjord down Highway 211 and into Estacada.

The chase ended when the SUV spun out in the 33000 block of Southeast Moss Hill Road.

Stavenjord fled the vehicle into nearby woods, but was apprehended by deputies and police dogs. He was taken into custody at about 1 a.m.

Stavenjord is being held in the Clackamas County Jail on allegations of driving with a suspended or revoked license and attempting to elude a police officer, along with the original parole violation.

Bail was set at $22,400.

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