Driver arrested after police chase, crash that closed SE Powell

PORTLAND, Ore. – A pursuit that started in Damascus, in Clackamas County, ended at Southeast  157th and Powell early Monday morning.

According to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, the pursuit began after a deputy had pulled over 23 year old Peter Pukay of Damascus.   Pukay initially got the truck he was driving stuck in a ditch, but after other deputies arrived he managed to get the truck moving and drove through a yard to escape.

After that, a pursuit ensued, with multiple units chasing after Pukay.  At one point deputies say Pukay hit another moving vehicle, the driver was not injured.  And then they say he hit at least two postal vehicles parked in a parking lot in Gresham.

Spike strips took out tires on the truck, but deputies say Pukay continued to drive on the rims, throwing sparks everywhere as he drove erratically from 10 to 60 miles per hour.

Pukay eventually crashed into a utility pole at SE Powell and 157th Avenue.  Deputies had to break a window on the truck to get Pukay out because they say he would not surrender.   He is now in the Clackamas County Jail on multiple charges with bail adding up to $400,000 dollars.  Pukay sustained minor injuries, but nobody else was hurt.   Southeast Powell was closed for several hours in the area of the crash.


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