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CCSO investigates human trafficking after early morning chase
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is investigating human trafficking following a pursuit that began in Wilsonville and eventually ended in a crash in Tualatin early Friday morning.
At about 4:30 a.m. Friday, deputies with Wilsonville Police were investigating a case of prostitution. When the investigators attempted to stop the suspect's vehicle, the driver drove off. Deputies could see that there was at least one woman in the car and they pursued the vehicle.
Eventually the suspect's vehicle struck another vehicle not involved in the pursuit, so the pursuit was terminated. The vehicle was found in Tualatin on Nyberg Road and Nyberg Lane. The vehicle had become suspended in a tree, according to police.
A CCSO canine team came to the scene and the suspect was located and taken into custody. Two women were rescued from the car and taken to the hospital where they received medical treatment. One of those women was admitted to the hospital with non-life threatening back injuries. The other has since been released. In addition to medical care, the two received advocacy support of Safety Compass of Oregon.
Detectives with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office have initiated a human trafficking investigation.
Units from Washington County Sheriff, Tualatin Police, Lake Oswego Police, and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue participated in the response and investigation.
Following an investigation, deputies arrested Roman Culver, 18, of Covington, Washington. He is currently undergoing medical treatment at a local hospital for a medical condition not related to this incident. After the completion of his treatment he will be booked into the Clackamas County Jail on charges of eluding police, assault and possession of methamphetamine. An ongoing investigation into this matter may lead to additional charges, police said.