Pursuit Into Polk County Leads To Arrest

On August 22, 2017 at around 4:00 am, a Lincoln City Police Officer observed a vehicle pull out of NE Port Ave northbound onto NE 14th St and recognized the driver as 27-year-old Eric Pullen, a suspect driver who fled police on foot after a vehicle crash on the afternoon of August 21, 2017.

The Officer activated his emergency lights in an attempt to stop the vehicle, but the suspect vehicle accelerated away from the Officer which initiated a pursuit. The suspect vehicle continued northbound on NE 14th St to NE West Devils Lake Rd. A second Officer set up spike strips on NE West Devils Lake Rd near the intersection of Hwy 101. The suspect vehicle drove over the spike strips and dragged them onto Hwy 101, where the spike strips fell off onto the northbound lane of travel. The second Officer followed the suspect vehicle and the pursuing Officer.

The suspect vehicle turned south onto NE East Devils Lake Rd, where it went onto the 1726 Forest Rd and turned east. The suspect vehicle continued eastbound on the 1726 Rd to Bear Creek Rd where it turned north. Once the suspect vehicle reached Hwy 18, it turned east and proceeded towards the Grand Ronde area.

Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the Grand Ronde Police took over the pursuit and located the suspect vehicle crashed into a ditch near Spirit Mountain Casino. Pullen was taken into custody without further incident for an outstanding Felony Warrant out of Lincoln County, an outstanding Warrant out of West Linn Municipal Court, two counts of Felony Elude, one count of Misdemeanor Elude, and two counts of Reckless Driving. He was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail.

Due to the spike strips being dragged onto Hwy 101, three uninvolved civilian vehicles were damaged with punctured tires. One of the vehicles had to be towed due to the damage.

The Lincoln City Police Department is continuing its investigation.

Information provided by Lincoln City Police