Chase Ends

The chase ended when the suspect drove off Highway 26 into the brush, according to investigators.

UPDATE Posted at 10 p.m. May 28

The following is a release from the Washington County Sheriff's Office concerning the Tuesday, May 28 law enforcement pursuit.

On May 28, 2019, Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies were able to capture a wanted suspect from Columbia County.

Around 4:15 p.m., deputies were notified that Columbia City Police and Oregon State Police were pursuing a red Dodge Caravan with Alaska plates speeding down NW Logie Trail from Highway 30.

The van was headed south towards Hillsboro when police terminated their pursuit as they approached the more densely populated area. Deputies attempted to stop the suspect twice using spike strips, but the suspect was able to drive onto Highway 26 and head east towards Portland.

After hitting rush hour traffic, deputies tracked the suspect as he made his way to the NW Bethany Blvd Exit and drove south into Beaverton. At about 4:45 p.m., deputies attempted to box the suspect in, but he continued driving down SW 170th Avenue, missing a curve in the road and crashing into a tree near SW Kattegat Drive.

One Sheriff’s Office vehicle was damaged during the incident.

The suspect, Robert Townsend, 56, was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.

He now faces several charges, including attempted assault on a peace officer, attempt to elude and criminal mischief.

Previous Chronicle coverage posted at 6:45 p.m. May 28

One man faces criminal charges following a cross-county chase involving Oregon State Police and sheriffs' agencies.

According to reports, the law enforcement chase came through Columbia County  Tuesday afternoon, May 28, along Highway 30 near Columbia City and continued off Highway 30 onto back roads into Washington County. 

Washington County Sheriff’s deputies took the suspected driver into custody after the vehicle crashed in the Beaverton area off Highway 26.

As of Tuesday evening, May 28, authorities had not released the suspect’s name, where he was from, or the specific charges he faces.

UPDATE Posted at 9:15 p.m. May 28

According to KOIN TV in Portland, the suspect has been identified as Robert Townsend, 56, who is facing several charges, including attempted assault on a peace officer, attempt to elude and criminal mischief.


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