OREGON CITY, Ore. (KOIN) — A Budget moving truck involved in a chase along I-205 Monday was stolen from Illinois and had stolen items from the Portland and Salem areas, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said.
Ryan Anthony Ellis was arrested after being chased first by Canby police before deputies intercepted the truck and used a PIT maneuver to stop it.
Canby Police Chief Bret Smith told KOIN 6 News the truck driver initially pulled over, “but as the officers approached the truck he takes off and accelerates at a fast speed.”
Later the Oregon City police joined the chase along with the Clackamas County deputies. Canby authorities said they tried 5 separate times to stop it with spike strips:
— Hwy 99 near Molalla River Bridge
— Hwy 99 at South End Road
— Hwy 99 near the tunnel in Oregon City
— Hwy 99/S. McLoughlin Boulevard near 15th
— I-205 near Johnson Creek Boulevard.
The last 2 attempts successfully deflated the trailer tires and then the rear tires of the truck. That’s when deputies used the PIT maneuver.
The truck hit top speed around 75 mph, Smith said, and didn’t give up until the spike strips were effective.
“Even with the successful deployment of the spike strips he was still driving the van and the trailer he was towing with flat tires and continued to drive northbound on I-205,” Smith said. “The trailer was swerving and the van was at fast enough speed that it raised a lot of concern about people’s safety.”
“There was a lot of debris that was contained in the storage and cargo area of the Budget van,” he said. “We have yet to determine all of what that is, but some of the items in there were a couple 55-gallon metal containers that had gasoline in them.”
Clackamas County firefighters arrived to make sure there weren’t any environmental impacts from what looked like gasoline.
Ellis was the driver, officials said. A 39-yearr-old man inside the truck was taken to a hospital for treatment. At this time he has not been taken into custody and officials said he may be a victim. That part of the investigation is ongoing
Portland police officials said they’ve been looking into these cases since August. Officials told KOIN 6 News Ellis “has been very active in the Portland area and our investigators are following up on crimes he may have committed.”
Canby police said they’ve been investigating for the last 4-6 weeks.
Ellis, 29, was in court Tuesday. He’s facing 2 other warrants in Multnomah County and another one in Clackamas County for failing to appear in court on a variety of charges — providing false info, theft, possession of a stolen vehicle, unlawful use of a vehicle and driving with a suspended license.
Canby Police Chief Smith said he’s glad the incident resolved itself safely.
“It was a busy day,” he said.