Gang arrest after chase from Vanc. to Portland

Gang arrest after chase from Vanc. to Portland

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by KGW.com Staff

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Posted on December 18, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 19 at 10:19 AM

PORTLAND -- A white supremacist gang suspect was arrested Wednesday after a high-speed chase from Vancouver to Portland, police said.

Late Wednesday night Police identified him as 27-year-old Michael James Allen. He was arrested on an warrant from a previous event but also faces new charges from the pursuit and collision with a police vehicle.

Also arrested were passengers 23-year-old Kathryn Ann Eisenblatter and 20-year-old Jaymie Anne Weaver-Butler. There were warrants for their arrest.

The chase started around noon when U.S. Marshals located Allen in a pickup truck in the parking lot at Beaches Restaurant & Bar on Southeast Columbia River Drive.

Vancouver police responded to the scene and said Allen, along with the two women, sped off with officers in pursuit.

The chase led police from multiple agencies down Interstate 5 into North Portland where Allen reportedly tried to ram officers' unmarked cruisers, according to Sgt. Pete Simpson with the Portland Police Bureau.

The chase eventually ended when an officer rammed Allen's pickup on North Trenton Street and North Hodge Avenue, Simpson said.

The warrant for Allen was part of "Operation White Christmas," a raid on white supremacist gang involved in drug and firearms trafficking, Simpson said.

One officer was hurt during the chase, but his injuries were not life-threatening, Simpson said.

Police were investigating whether Allen was attempting to use deadly force in the chase.

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