Watch: Fleeing driver jumps into Sandy River

Watch: Fleeing driver jumps into Sandy River

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by KGW staff and Associated Press

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Posted on January 9, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 10 at 4:21 PM

TROUTDALE, Ore. -- Police will tell you the "jump in the river" escape hardly ever works -- and that proved true for a young woman driving a stolen car in the east Portland suburb of Troutdale.

On Thursday, KGW obtained video of the chase and the suspect jumping from the bridge from Troutdale police.

Troutdale police Officer Jeremy Costello said he tried to stop a Ford Taurus on Wednesday for a minor traffic violation, checked the car's registration and found out it was stolen.

The car didn't stop but sped off with Costello and other officers in pursuit. At the Stark Street Bridge over the Sandy River, the driver got out of the moving car and jumped into the water.

"That kind of took me by surprise, that somebody would go to that extent to get away from the police," Costello said.

And the woman had no intention of stopping even after the plunge.

"To my knowledge she did swim to the bank and still for a brief time was trying to get away from police," Costello said.

Rebecca Humphries, 26, was eventually pulled from the river and taken to a hospital with minor injuries. Police said she was cited for numerous traffic crimes.
 

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