High-speed chase across state line ends in Camas

Police arrest Oregon man in Camas Cemetery after 24-mile highway pursuit

A high-speed chase that started in Oregon ended 24 miles away in Camas early Friday morning.

Oregon City Police officers located Nathanael Aaron Samuel, 26, of Sandy, Oregon, a suspect wanted for numerous felonies, driving a reportedly stolen 2001 white Dodge pickup truck northbound on Interstate 205 (I-205) near Highway 213 in Clackamas County, Oregon, around 3:40 a.m., Friday.

Oregon City officers, along with Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office deputies attempted to stop Samuel, but said the suspect “accelerated at a high rate of speed in an attempt to elude law enforcement (and) patrol vehicles pursued.”

The high-speed police chase crossed the I-205 bridge into Washington State and east along Highway 14 toward Camas.

Police successfully deployed spike strips to flatten the tires on the suspect’s vehicle. After hitting the spike strips and crashing the truck, Samuel allegedly fled on foot into the Camas Cemetery, where a Clackamas County deputy apprehended him.

Samuel is being held in Clackamas County Jail and was charged with four counts of attempting to elude a police office, unauthorized use of a vehicle, reckless driving, reckless endangering, third-degree assault, and a probation violation.

Numerous law enforcement agencies assisted the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office in pursuing and apprehending Samuel, including Camas Police Department and Clark County Sheriff’s Office in Washington and Gladstone, Oregon City and Portland police departments in Oregon.

Police say Samuel is the suspect in numerous felonious crimes in Clackamas County, and urge anyone with information regarding this case or any other cases involving Samuel to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp and use the case number 19-000835.

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