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At one point, a police spokesperson said, the suspect sideswiped a police vehicle, causing damage but no injuries.

COURTESY PHOTO: BEAVERTON POLICE DEPARTMENT - A car driven by Stella Artois Santarelli of Portland shows damage after a pursuit that ended near Southridge High School in Beaverton. Police said Santarelli rammed a police vehicle, steering sideways into it, during the chase.A 23-year-old Portland resident was arrested near Southridge High School after reportedly leading Beaverton police officers on a high-speed pursuit through much of the city Thursday afternoon, Jan. 30.

Stella Artois Santarelli is facing charges of reckless driving, hit-and-run and eluding as a result of the chase.

Officer Matt Henderson, spokesperson for the Beaverton Police Department, said the pursuit lasted about five minutes and ran from the area near Southwest Western Avenue to a neighborhood near Southwest Greenway Boulevard. It ended with Santarelli's arrest at about 2:47 p.m. Thursday.

"We received at least two calls from dispatch about this person's reckless driving, and then an officer spotted the suspect in East Beaverton," Henderson said.

The chase ensued from there. At one point, Henderson said, Santarelli sideswiped a police car driving alongside her, causing damage to both vehicles.

"Fortunately, nobody was injured," Henderson said. That was true of the entire incident, not just the collision, he added.

Henderson said Santarelli stopped her vehicle after turning into a residential area off Greenway Boulevard.

"She attempted to flee the car, but she was taken into custody," Henderson said.

Court records show Santarelli was already facing a criminal charge of attempting to elude police in Washington County. She was arraigned on that charge Tuesday, Jan. 28.

By Mark Miller
Washington County Editor
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