Clark County chase ends, driver arrested in hay field

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The pursuit of an “erratic” driver ended in a Clark County hay field early Saturday after a deputy and officer with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife swerved to avoid an intentional hit.

Around 7:45 a.m., a 911 call was made to report the driver of a black Infiniti for suspected drunk driving around NE St. Johns Road and 88th Street, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office said. A few minutes later, a WDFW officer tried to stop the Infiniti in the 16400 block of NE 72nd. 

Instead, officials said, the driver — later identified as Michael D. Benjamin — took off down a private driveway and drove around houses and into yards and directly toward the officer.

Two deputies joined in and both swerved to avoid the Infiniti as the driver “intentionally” drove directly at them. 

Benjamin then allegedly went down a private driveway in the 16600 block of NE 72nd and into a hay field. Deputies followed and used specialized driving tactics to end the chase.

The 39-year-old driver was taken into custody and faces 2 counts of assault, attempting to elude and DUII charges.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Jack Phane.

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