Portland Police: Hour-long car chase ends in Fairview
Police have arrested a 25-year-old after police say he led officers on a two-state, multi-vehicle and hour-long chase across the metro area.
No injuries were reported after Dylan Michael Miller crashed in Fairview near 223rd Avenue and was arrested, though police say the motorist in an allegedly stolen car ran many red lights and carried on despite a punctured tire, traveling at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour at times.
The incident began around 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, after two Portland Police Bureau sergeants attempted to stop a reportedly stolen full-size Chevrolet pick-up near North Houghton Street and Foss Avenue.
The driver is said to have fled at a high rate of speed, leading police to end their pursuit. Officers in an airplane tracked the vehicle as it headed north on Interstate 5 into Vancouver, then east via Washington State Route 14 to southbound I-5 back into Oregon, according to a news release.
From there, Miller allegedly arrived at Cascade Station, where he switched vehicles, hopping into a Honda Accord that had previously been reported stolen. Officers again tried to stop him, but Miller reportedly drove back to Vancouver via I-205 at a rate of 100 MPH.
He then returned to Oregon via southbound I-5, exiting on Northeast Marine Drive and running several red lights and driving into oncoming traffic, despite the lack of pursuers, police say. Officers deployed spikes strips at Sandy Boulevard near 122nd Avenue, but Miller allegedly continued on with a flat tire at 70 MPH. Spike strips were deployed again near Northeast 185th Avenue. He crashed around 8:40 p.m.
Miller is facing many charges, including two counts of attempt to elude, reckless driving, reckless endangering, unauthorized use of a vehicle, two counts of possession of a stolen vehicle, and on several prior warrants.
Miller is being held in the downtown Portland jail at this time, according to records. Investigators are compiling new charges and wish to speak to any motorists who were "put in danger by his driving."
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