Milwaukie chase ends with crash, power outage

Credit: Milwaukie Police Department

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by Nina Mehlhaf, KGW Staff

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Posted on January 27, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Updated Monday, Jan 27 at 1:10 PM

MILWAUKIE, Ore. -- A high-speed police chase in Miwaukie sent a driver to the hospital with critical injuries and knocked out power to nearby buildings early Monday morning.

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.

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. He was taken by ambulance to a Portland hospital.

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.

No word yet about why police initially tried to pull the driver over.

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