PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The 32-year-old man who allegedly tried to swim away from police in the Columbia River after driving erratically with a 5-year-old girl in the backseat was arraigned Monday morning.
On Saturday, Portland police said they received several calls about Joseph Tedrick’s unstable driving around North Anchor Way and Harbour Drive. After a chase, police punctured his tires using spike strips. Tedrick then reportedly ran out of the car and into the river, leaving the child still inside.
The girl was unharmed and reunited with her mother. Tedrick was taken to the hospital in police custody and later told authorities he had taken an unspecified controlled substance.
During his arraignment Monday morning, the judge said Tedrick has a history with overdosing on drugs.
He’s facing 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 pleaded with the judge — saying he was trying to get his life back together and has been taking classes at Portland Community College. He added that he’s smoothing things over with the mom of the child.
However, the judge said there’s still no excuse — calling the incident “outrageous, unacceptable conduct.” He also said Tedrick’s actions put lives in danger.
Until his next court hearing, Tedrick will not be allowed to drive, will be randomly drug tested and will have a curfew from midnight to 6 a.m.
His next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 21.