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A reckless driver wound up in a ditch with his car in flames after trying to escape the police

COURTESY KOIN-6 NEWS - This smashed and burned SUV is what remains after a drivers failed attempt to flee the police on Harney Drive. After a car sped past a Portland Police cruiser around 3 a.m. on October 21, going an estimated 60 mph on a Brentwood-Darlington residential street, the officer turned on his overhead lights and began to follow.

The pursuit went down S.E. Clatsop Street in a 25 mph zone, and when the officer activated his siren, the driver accelerated through a stop sign at Flavel Drive, where Clatsop turns into Harney Drive.

The driver sped through the treacherous curves on Harney Drive, and the officer lost sight of the car, and began searching surrounding streets, until he and other responding police units circled back to recheck the area.

Finding the car wasn't easy; it had flown through bushes beside the road and crashed into a deep ditch.

Officers found the driver, identified by officials as 31-year-old Anthony Colistro, unconscious, and still in the driver's seat, with flames flickering underneath the vehicle. The fire was put out, and the vehicle later was towed away.

An ambulance took the still-unconscious Colistro to a nearby hospital; his condition, and the charges he will face, have not been reported.


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