ASTORIA, Ore. – A police chase in Oregon this week ended with a fleeing suspect driving off a pier at North Tongue Point. According to reports, it wasn’t a slow roll. He took the plunge at full speed into the Columbia River.
Timofey Erofeeff, 27, was accused of trespassing on boats at a marina in Astoria, Oregon, according to the Daily Astorian, when the police chase began.
The unbelievable video shows the rest, as Erofeeff drove his Ford F150 truck right off the end of a pier. Police estimated he was driving 45 mph at the time he launched into the river.
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The man, who’s apparently watched too many movies, tried to further his escape in frigid water. Yet after briefly trying to swim away, Erofeeff was later fished out by a nearby boat and arrested, reported The Associated Press.
All told, Erofeeff spent about 20 minutes in the icy water.
“I’m thankful the men from WCT Marine and fishing vessel (Pacific Wind) were there and willing to help,” said Deputy Astoria Police Chief Eric Halverson. “Mr. Erofeeff should be thankful too.”
Erofeeff was taken by Medix Ambulance Service to Columbia Memorial Hospital, treated for hypothermia and released to an officer.
He was eventually lodged in the Clatsop County Jail on charges of second-degree criminal trespass, parole violation, interfering with a police officer, attempt to elude a police officer, reckless driving and third-degree escape. He has previous arrests in Clackamas County for burglary and Deschutes County for theft.
Astoria police shared another video of a crane fishing the truck from the river on Thursday.