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Police identify 3 people arrested after high-speed chase into Portland

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Michael Allen, Kathryn Eisenblatter, Jaymie Weaver-Butler Michael Allen, Kathryn Eisenblatter, Jaymie Weaver-Butler
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A suspect wanted on an Oregon parole violation is accused of leading police on a high-speed chase from Vancouver to Portland Wednesday.

Police said the situation began when Vancouver officers responded to the area of Southeast Columbia Shores Boulevard and Columbia River Drive to assist U.S. Marshals in tracking down a wanted fugitive.

The suspect, along with two women, sped away in a white pickup with "U-Haul" stickers on the body, according to police.

A chase ensued on Interstate 5 south across the border into Oregon.

Portland Police Bureau officers took over the pursuit when it reached Portland. Investigators said the suspect attempted to ram marked patrol cars on multiple occasions.

The chase ended at North Trenton Street and Hodge Avenue when one officer hit and possibly rammed the pickup, according to a Portland police report. Multiple other officers arrived and boxed-in the suspect's truck so it could not drive away.

More than 10 police cars from Vancouver and Portland were at the scene.

A number of unmarked vehicles were also involved in the arrest.

The officer who hit the truck with his patrol car is a 21-year Portland police veteran. He suffered a non-life threatening injury in the collision.

All three suspects were taken into custody. They were not injured.

The suspects were identified late Wednesday night as Michael Allen, 27; Kathryn Eisenblatter, 23; and Jaymie Weaver-Butler, 20.

All three were booked into the Multnomah County Jail on outstanding warrants. The driver, Allen, is expected to face multiple additional charges as the investigation continues, according to police.

Police said Allen was wanted in connection with "Operation White Christmas," a joint federal and state investigation led by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office into drug trafficking, firearms and stolen property.

Previously, police said Operation White Christmas is also a large-scale crackdown on white supremacist gangs. Officers said today's suspect is involved in that operation, but it's not yet clear if he is a white supremacist gang member.

Under Portland Police Bureau policy, using a vehicle to ram another one is a use of deadly force and requires a full investigation, which is now under way.

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