Assault suspect arrested after cross-county chase

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man attacked a peace officer in Columbia County before leading authorities on a chase that ended with a crash in Beaverton, deputies said. 

The suspect was arrested on Tuesday after crashing his red Dodge Caravan at Southwest Kattegat Drive and Southwest 170th Avenue, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. 

Authorities said the man assaulted a peace officer in Columbia County earlier in the afternoon. 

Columbia County deputies and Oregon State Patrol troopers pursued the suspect into Washington County but called off the chase when he reached a populated part of Hillsboro. They also tried using spike strips to no avail. 

Deputies with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office spotted the suspect driving eastbound on Highway 26 toward Portland. 

They followed him as he exited the highway at NW Bethany Boulevard. Deputies tried to box him in using their patrol vehicles but the man kept driving down SW 170th Avenue. He eventually missed a curve in the road and crashed into a tree near SW Kattegat Drive. 

Authorities said the driver was taken into custody peacefully. Deputies said at least one patrol vehicle was damaged while trying to stop the suspect’s van. 

They later identified him as 56-year-old Robert Townsend. He’s facing several charges, including attempted assault on a peace officer, attempt to elude and criminal mischief. 

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