Man accused of stealing car, driving into river

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man was arrested after deputies said he stole a car then drove it into the Cowlitz River Friday morning.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said 29-year-old Andrew Joseph Holmgren of Longview stole a car on Oyler Road in Ethel just after 8 a.m. When deputies found the car and tried to stop him, he started speeding more than 100 miles per hour.

During the chase, the deputy said Holmgren threw something at the deputy, which turned out to be a pickax that became lodged in the hood of the stolen car.

The chase continued until the suspect drove into the Cowlitz River. The car became submerged and the driver got out and tried to swim across the river.

Then, in a fight caught on camera by another boater, Holmgren tried to get onto a boat, saying, “I’m not going back to prison.”

Witnesses said the fishermen didn’t want him on board and he started getting aggressive. The boaters struggled with him for a bit before he continued swimming to the other side of the river.

With the fishermen’s help, deputies crossed the river, chased Holmgren back into the river and eventually took him into custody.

The sheriff’s office said Holmgren attacked the K9 and tried to take some drugs while he was being arrested.

The K9 was taken to the vet with some cuts, but is OK. 

Holmgren was arrested for vehicle theft, eluding, harming a police dog and assault. The stolen car was a complete loss. 

Video courtesy: Owen Mansfield/Rip Some Lips Guide Service

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