Stolen vehicle crashes into Camas house

Police track down, arrest suspect

A man was arrested this morning after he drove a stolen truck into a Camas area home.

According to a Camas Police Department press release, at 11:15 a.m., Washington State Patrol received reports of a Nissan truck being driven recklessly eastbound on state Route 14. Several callers reported that the truck was weaving all over the roadway, nearly causing a collision.

The truck, which had been reported stolen the previous night, was last seen leaving the freeway and taking the 192nd Avenue exit.

Minutes later, the Nissan crashed into the residence at 2725 N.W. 24th Ave., causing significant damage to the front of the home. The truck became lodged in the brick entryway. The vehicle’s doors were pinned between the structure, so the driver kicked out the rear window and fled on foot.

Officers from CPD, Washougal Police Department, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Vancouver Police Department, and Washington State Patrol responded to assist. A K-9 officer was used to track the suspect.

Police received reports from neighbors who saw the suspect fleeing through backyards.

The suspect was discovered hiding beneath a wheelbarrow in the area of Northwest 23rd Avenue and Iris Court, approximately 1 mile from the accident scene.

The suspect, who declined to provide officers with his name, was taken into custody without further incident. He was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver to be treated for possible injuries sustained during the collision.

He will be booked into the Clark County Jail for felony possession of a stolen vehicle, as well as hit and run of unattended property and reckless driving.

CPD Sgt. David Chaney said the owner of the house was inside at the time of the incident. She was not injured.

According to Clark County property records, the house is owned by Debra Ann Degenshein.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.