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Girl rescued after man flees police, runs into river

Suspect identified as 32-year-old Joseph M. Tedrick

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- A little girl was rescued and a man is in custody after he led police on a chase and tried to swim away in the Columbia River. 

Portland police said they got calls about an erratic driver with a child in the back seat in the area of North Anchor Way and North Harbor Drive. 

A passerby tried to get the little girl out of the back seat after the man apparently passed out behind the wheel while parked. When police woke him up, the man sped away with the child still in the car.

Police followed and eventually used spike strips to stop him on NE Marine Drive and NE 33rd Ave. The man got out and ran into the Columbia River. 

The girl was unharmed and taken to the North Precinct to be reunited with her mother. The man was taken to the hospital in police custody. He told police he had taken an unspecified controlled substance. He was booked into the Multnomah County Jail after he was released from the hospital. 

The suspect was later identified as 32-year-old Joseph M. Tedrick. He was lodged on charges of reckless driving, reckless endangering, driving while suspended, attempt to elude in a vehicle, attempt to elude on foot and interfering with a peace officer.

Tedrick has since been released from jail.


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