MILWAUKIE, Ore. -- A motorist who crashed his car during a high speed chase Monday morning has been released from the hospital and arrested.
Joshua S. Spencer, 33, was accused of two counts of first-degree criminal mischief, first-degree criminal trespass, attempting to elude vehicle and foot, reckless driving, failure to perform the duties of a driver, and interfering with with public transportation.
He also had parole violation warrant and a revoked license as a felon.
The police chase in Milwaukie sent Spencer to the hospital with critical injuries and knocked out power to nearby buildings. Spencer suffered severe burns in a prior incident, police said.
Milwaukie police officers tried to pull over a gray Ford Explorer at about 4:24 a.m. near Southeast Johnson Creek Boulevard and 32nd Avenue for an unspecified traffic violation.
The driver sped away and ignored a red light before going through a dirt median and over railroad tracks.
The SUV went airborne at Southeast Myrtle Street and Campbell Street, hit a power pole and flipped over. The vehicle then smashed through a chain link fence and came to rest in the front yard of a Milwaukie home.
Police said the driver got out and ran, but was found hiding in the backyard of another home.
Electricity was knocked out to homes in the area, and even to the nearby Milwaukie Police Station.
Railroad travel was temporarily delayed while the track was evaluated for damage, said Milwaukie police Officer Ulli Neitch. PGE crews responded to restore power.