A 23-year-old man led the Oregon State Police and members of the St. Helens Police Department on a chase just before 8:45 p.m., on March 28; the chase ended in a crash and foot pursuit before officers took the man into custody.
The situation began with multiple reports of a possible drunk driver traveling northbound on Highway 30 from Scappoose. A senior trooper from the Oregon State Police overtook the Ford Focus on Old Portland Road and initiated a traffic stop, but as the trooper talked with the male driver, the young man took off toward St. Helens.
Members of the St. Helens police department deployed spike strips near 14th Street on Old Portland Road and successfully deflated three of the four tires. Still, the driver continued driving on city streets. St. Helens Police took the lead at that time, with assistance from the Oregon State Police.
The driver crashed the vehicle on North 9th Street and Columbia Blvd., where the driver, identified as Steven Michael Thompson, 23, took off on foot. He made it a brief distance before St. Helens police officer Brent Thompson tackled him in the backyard of a residence. Thompson resisted but officers restrained him. He was taken into custody at 8:57 p.m.
Thompson has been lodged in the Columbia County Jail on multiple charges including driving under the influence of intoxicants (two counts), felony attempt to elude in a vehicle, misdemeanor attempt to elude on foot, reckless driving, resisting arrest, Criminal Trespass 2 and Criminal Trespass 3. According o the Columbia County Jail Inmate Population list, Thompson’s bail is set at $5,500.