Man arrested after pursuit through Columbia, Washington counties
UPDATED 5/30/19 — A man who attacked a Columbia County reserve deputy was arrested in Beaverton earlier this week after he led law enforcement personnel on a pursuit that ended in a single-vehicle car crash.
Robert Townsend, 56, was taken into custody after engaging in a pursuit with law enforcement officials that started in Columbia County and ultimately ended in Beaverton on Tuesday, May 28.
Townsend allegedly attempted to strike William Goodwin, a reserve deputy with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, with his vehicle in Columbia County prior to the pursuit around 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to reporting from KOIN 6, a Pamplin Media Group news partner, and court records published Wednesday after Townsend's arraignment.
Columbia City and Oregon State Police officers then pursued Townsend's vehicle on Highway 30 and Northwest Logie Trail Road, and notified the Washington County Sheriff's Office around 4:15 p.m. that they were pursuing a red Dodge Caravan with Alaska license plates.
As Townsend proceeded south into Hillsboro, police terminated their pursuit in the heavily congested area. Deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office then attempted to use spike strips in the roadway, but the motorist avoided them and headed eastbound on Highway 26, toward Portland.
As the Caravan approached commuter traffic, deputies tracked the vehicle on the Northwest Bethany Boulevard exit, before Townsend drove south into Beaverton. Around 4:45 p.m. duties attempted to box Townsend in while driving on Southwest 170th Avenue. Townsend then failed to navigate a curve in the road and crashed into a tree near Southwest Kettegat Drive, the press release added.
Townsend was transported to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries. He now faces several charges, including attempt to elude, attempt to commit a felony, reckless driving and endangering another person, court records show.
As of Thursday, May 30, Townsend was in custody at the Columbia County Jail and was being held on $6,250 bail.
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