Police pursuit briefly closes westbound Sunnyside Road
Clackamas County deputies arrested a man who they say attempted to escape a traffic stop on Thursday in Happy Valley.
At approximately 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 16, a traffic enforcement deputy monitoring Southeast 172nd Avenue, in front of Scouter's Mountain Elementary School, observed a 2007 Pontiac G6 travelling south, speeding in the posted 20 mph school zone.
According to the police report, the deputy conducted a traffic stop, and the suspect briefly pulled over. The suspect then pulled back onto the roadway in an attempt to flee.
Clackamas County Sheriff's Sgt. Marcus Mendoza said the deputy pursued the suspect vehicle south on 172nd Avenue and then west on Sunnyside Road. Other deputies responded to the area and joined the pursuit, making several attempts to stop the vehicle using different techniques.
Mendoza said deputies finally safely stopped the fleeing vehicle using various pursuit-intervention techniques and maneuvers at 157th Avenue.
"The suspect briefly continued to attempt to flee in the vehicle — even after being pinned in by the patrol cars," Mendoza said. "Deputies had to break the driver's-side window to remove the suspect from the vehicle."
Mendoza said the suspect and a deputy suffered minor injuries due to broken glass. Shane Michael Blake, 23, of Happy Valley was taken into custody without further incident.
When asked why he didn't stop, Blake told deputies, "I didn't want to be pulled over."
"At this writing, this appears to be the entire reason the suspect fled," Mendoza said. "Deputies continue to investigate."
In past years, Blake has been convicted of previous traffic violations, including failure to drive within a lane, speeding and failure to carry proof of insurance.
Traffic headed westbound on Sunnyside Road was diverted to side streets for about 30 minutes while deputies completed their investigation and had the suspect vehicle towed from the scene.
Blake received medical attention for minor cuts at an area hospital, and charges referred to the Clackamas County DA's Office included attempt to elude, reckless driving, criminal mischief and reckless endangering.
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