Man who fled after crashing into Gales Creek convicted


A woman in the car was seriously hurt in the crash

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man who was driving more than 100 miles per hour on Highway 26 and crashed was convicted of assault and reckless driving, among other charges in court Friday.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office said Jeremiah Andrew Libbee was driving with a criminally revoked license on February 19, 2019, when a North Plains police officer tried to stop him on Hwy 26.

Libbee was driving about 90 miles per hour at first but started going as fast as 120 miles per hour on wet roads heading toward Hwy 6.

Police used spike strips to try to stop him but the car went over the spike strips, lost control and crashed over a steep embankment. The car hit a tree before landing in the creek 20 feet below.

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The passenger of a car that crashed into Gales Creek was underwater at one point before rescuers could tow the vehicle to safety, Feb. 14, 2019. (Washington County Sheriff’s Office)

Deputy DA Andrew Freeman said Libbee got himself out of the submerged car and fled, leaving his badly injured passenger in the car.

The woman was underwater at one point and was still stuck in the car when firefighters pulled it out of the water and had to use the jaws of life to get her out. The 21-year-old was taken to the hospital with critical injuries.

Libbee was found guilty of 2nd-degree assault, 2 counts of 3rd-degree assault, 2 counts of failure to perform the duties of the driver to injured persons, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and reckless driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Libbee is scheduled for sentencing on August 13 and will stay in custody until then.

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