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Second suspect in Jan. 18 car chase now in custody

Both men involved in Saturday’s high–speed chase through communities in Columbia County are in custody, according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

An off-duty reserve deputy from the sheriff’s office spotted a man matching the description of the second suspect, in Rainier and called for uniformed law enforcement personnel to arrive.

The sheriff’s office says that the man is not cooperating and they have not positively identified him yet. When he is booked into the Columbia County Jail and is fingerprinted, deputies expect to confirm his true identity.
While the investigation is continuing, law enforcement does not believe there is anyone else at large in respect to this case, although the investigation may reveal more suspects.

The individual who was arrested on Jan. 18 was transported to and is still in a Portland-area hospital, recovering from substantial injuries sustained when he crashed the stolen Toyota Highlander that they had driven from Florida to Columbia County.

Law enforcement is working to identified victims of crimes based on items they found inside the Toyota Highlander after the two men crashed the vehicle in Rainier and abandoned it, as well as items thrown out of the vehicle.

Police know that the duo drove from Florida to Columbia County, and it is believed that they are part of a street gang known as the "Felony Lane Gang" from the Southeast part of the United States.

Community members are asked to report information regarding this case to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office by calling (503) 397-1521, or 911, in the case of an emergency.

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