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Man pulls knife outside gas station, crashes into utility pole, nearly hits deputy

COURTESY PHOTO: CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Clackamas County Sheriff's deputies arrested Joel Nathan Carrington, 37, of West Linn Friday, May 29.A 37-year-old West Linn man was arrested by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies Friday, May 29 for driving under the influence of drugs and driving with a suspended license after crashing into a utility pole in Beavercreek.

Deputies responded to reports of a man, later identified as Joel Nathan Carrington, acting strangely, brandishing a large knife and walking around a gas station in Beavercreek, the unincorporated hamlet near Oregon City.

The man left before deputies arrived, but other 911 reports soon came in, updating dispatchers on the man's location.

A deputy found the man driving on Beavercreek Road near Clarkes General Store. The deputy saw the man crash into a utility pole.

"The suspect then attempted to continue driving — nearly striking the patrol car while attempting to leave the scene of the utility-pole collision," a press release from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office states. "The deputy stopped the vehicle. Due to the earlier report of a weapon and the erratic actions of the driver, the deputy wisely waited for additional units to arrive."

Deputies detained the man and found a large knife on the floor of the car.

The sheriff's office is asking for tips about where Carrington was and what he was doing leading up to the arrest. Tips can be submitted at or by calling 503-723-4949.

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