State trooper injured in Highway 30 crash identified
Updated Nov. 16
An Oregon State Police trooper was hospitalized in critical condition Thursday evening, Nov. 11, after being struck by a vehicle following a police chase.
Trooper John Jeffries was critically injured in the crash on U.S. Highway 30. A suspect fleeing law enforcement rammed an unoccupied OSP patrol car, which then struck Jeffries on Highway 30, west of St. Helens, just after 3:30 p.m. Thursday, authorities said.
OSP troopers, Columbia County sheriff's deputies and Rainier police officers "had been engaged in a short pursuit with a suspect fleeing from a criminal incident in Longview," the Columbia County Sheriff's Office stated on Friday, Nov. 12.
The pursuit was terminated, but shortly after, "the suspect vehicle rammed an OSP patrol car, which then struck Trooper Jeffries," who was not in a vehicle, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Jeffries was transported by ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. As of press time, he remained in critical condition. On Sunday, Columbia County Sheriff Brian Pixley said his condition was "stable at the moment."
Life Flight helicopters couldn't fly due to inclement weather, Pixley said, leaving emergency responders to make the more than 30-mile drive to Portland.
The county was under a flood watch at the time and saw just under 1.4 inches of rain on Thursday, making it the fourth-wettest day of 2021.
The suspect, who has not been named, was also transported to the hospital and remained hospitalized as of Sunday afternoon.
Pixley said he could not provide more information about what led up to the pursuit because the investigation is still ongoing.
Jeffries is stationed at the St. Helens worksite, according to OSP.
"Trooper Jeffries and his wife have spent the last 25 years in Portland, Oregon, where they raised their two sons. Trooper Jeffries has spent his life in service to the public," the press release stated.Â "The Oregon State Police asks that you respect the family's privacy at this time. We also ask for your prayers for Trooper Jeffries, his family, his friends as well as the entire OSP family."
"As a case agent, pilot, firearms instructor, and SWAT team member, John served with honor," FBI Special Agent Kieran L. Ramsey, who leads the Portland office, wrote in a Nov. 12 statement.
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident with the Columbia County District Attorney's Office, the Washington County Major Crimes Team, and the Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team.
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