Driver in custody after leading officers on pursuit from Oregon City to Camas

Law enforcement officers took a suspect into custody after they say he led them on a pursuit from Oregon City to Camas on Jan. 11, 2019. KATU photo

CAMAS, Wash. – A wanted vehicle theft suspect led law enforcement agents on a pursuit from Oregon City to Camas, Wash. Friday morning.

Oregon City police officers first spotted the stolen vehicle at 3:45 p.m. at 15th Street and Washington Street. Officers had been on the lookout for the vehicle because the driver had several felony warrants out for his arrest.

Officers followed the vehicle and called for backup because they believed the suspect was armed.

When police tried to pull the suspect vehicle over near Interstate 205 and Southeast Strawberry Lane, but he sped away from officers. The high-speed chase crossed the Glenn L. Jackson Memorial Bridge.

The pursuit continued north into Camas where deputies successfully used spike strips on the stolen white Dodge pickup truck. The driver crashed near Northeast 6th Avenue and Northeast Oak Street and began running away from deputies.

According to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, deputies took 26-year-old Nathanael Aaron Samuel, from Sandy, into custody at 4:30 a.m. at the Camas Cemetery.

Samuel was lodged in the Clackamas County Jail on charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle, two counts of attempt to elude a police officer on foot, two counts of attempt to elude a police officer by vehicle, reckless driving, reckless endangering, third-degree assault, probation violation detainer for possession of methamphetamine.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says Samuel is the suspect in several felony crimes in Clackamas County. Deputies are investigating those crimes and ask anyone with information about cases involving Samuel to contact the sheriff's office tip line at (503) 723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 19-000835.

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