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Deputies douse high-speed chase suspect with water to get him off roof

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Roof where suspect was doused with water (Image: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office) Roof where suspect was doused with water (Image: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office)
Garrett Young, jail booking photo Garrett Young, jail booking photo
Image of suspect running from crashed car from patrol car dashboard camera (Image: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office) Image of suspect running from crashed car from patrol car dashboard camera (Image: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office)
CLACKAMAS COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -

A man who led deputies on a high-speed chase crashed the stolen car, got out and rolled down an embankment before climbing onto a roof where deputies doused him with water until he finally came down, according to the sheriff's office.

The incident began at 6 a.m. Sunday when a deputy spotted a Saturn station wagon speeding on Southeast Bell Street.

The deputy initiated a traffic stop, but the driver sped up. Other law enforcement personnel joined in the chase that went east on Southeast Overland Street and then north on 82nd Avenue toward Johnson Creek.

The sheriff's office described the chase as dangerous, with the driver hopping a curb at the intersection of Southeast 82nd and Johnson Creek Boulevard and destroying a PGE power box.

Investigators said the suspect then drove into the nearby Fred Meyer parking lot and hit multiple curbs, blowing out the stolen car's tires.

After traveling into oncoming traffic and crashing into a chain-link fence, deputies said the suspect got out and climbed over the fence, rolled down an embankment and finally climbed onto the roof of Oregon Worsted Co.

Deputies said he left two passengers behind in the car.

The suspect, identified as 26-year-old Garrett Young, then spent the next several hours on the roof.

The Clackamas County Hostage Negotiation Team was called to the scene to try to get the man off the roof, while Clackamas Fire District #1 crews helped prop ladders up against the building to give him a way to safely climb down.

As time passed and he refused to come down, deputies decided to take a unique approach to the situation. They used a hose to douse him with water.

Deputies said he was on a flat part of the roof where he had no danger of falling off once the soaking commenced.

Eventually, according to deputies, Young got so unconformable that he climbed down on his own and was taken into custody.

Deputies said he was wet, but unhurt. However, he was still taken to the hospital for an evaluation before he was booked in the Clackamas County Jail on charges including recklessly endangering, reckless driving, criminal mischief, criminal trespass, unauthorized use of a vehicle and attempt to elude a police officer.

His bail was set at $59,500.

Court records show Young has previous convictions for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in 2009, 2011 and 2012. 

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