WASHINGTON COUNTY, OR (KPTV) – A wanted suspect out of Columbia County was caught and taken into custody after a chase into Beaverton late Tuesday afternoon.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office says a patrol vehicle was damaged during the chase, which ended near Beaverton’s Elmonica neighborhood.
According to the sheriff's office, the chase started around 4:15 p.m. after deputies were notified that OSP and Columbia City police were pursuing a red Dodge Caravan with Alaska plates speeding down NW Logie Trail from Highway 30 .
The pursuit continued through parts of Washington County before police called it off once the suspect got into heavier traffic near Highway 26 and Jackson School Road.
Deputies attempted to stop the suspect twice using spike strips, but the suspect was able to drive onto Highway 26 and head east towards Portland. Deputies tracked the suspect, after calling off the chase, once the driver got off the highway at Bethany.
Around 4:45 p.m., deputies attempted to box the suspect in, but he continued driving down Southwest 170th Avenue before missing a curve in the road and crashing into a tree.
Homeowners, Victoria and Kaitlyn Welch, witnessed the ending of a lengthy chase.
"We ran upstairs so we could see over the fence and there was a car almost in our backyard," Victoria said.
"The police had their guns drawn when they got out of their cars and that was probably the scariest part of it," Kaitlyn said.
The suspect, Robert Townsend, 56, was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.
Townsend faces several charges including attempted assault on a peace officer, attempt to elude and criminal mischief.
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