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Man leads West Linn police on high-speed chase

Driver was clocked at 101 miles per hour on I-205


A Portland man led West Linn police on a high-speed chase on Interstate 205 on Monday night, leading to his arrest on a drunken driving charge.

West Linn Officer Tommy Newberry was conducting speed enforcement on I-205 near the Willamette Falls viewpoint when he clocked a vehicle at 101 miles per hour shortly after 11 p.m. He gave chase.

While in pursuit, the vehicle was driven erratically through traffic. The driver eventually pulled over near Highway 213, about three and a half miles from where the chase began.

Petr Zimin, 35, was arrested and charged on suspicion of driving under the influence. by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT - PETR ZIMINA breath test showed Zimin's blood alcohol content to be 0.11, above the legal limit of 0.08. He was charged on suspicion of DUII and reckless driving, and was released Tuesday after being lodged for the night at Clackamas County Jail.

According to West Linn Police Officer Mike Francis, officers have noticed a general increase in speeds on I-205 in recent months — including one case that resulted in the death of a 37-year-old Tigard resident in February. Overall, the deparmtent has logged 28 DUII arrests in 2013, up 17 percent from this time last year.

"Some of it has to do with the drier weather we've had recently," Francis said. "The roads haven't been impacted as much."

In response, the West Linn Police Department has used a grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation to conduct enhanced DUII patrols.

Police reminded residents: “Please remember buzzed driving is drunk driving. Get a designated driver, host responsibly and if you see an impaired driver call 9-1-1 with the vehicle description, license plate and direction of travel. Help us bring the heat on summer DUIIs."