Wednesday morning Astoria Police received a call reporting a green 1998 Acura stolen from 1005 exchange. The caller did not have a license plate in his initial call. At 0443 AM as Dispatchers had just finished giving the information about the call over the radio, Astoria Police Officer Thomas Litwin saw a vehicle matching the description traveling over the posted speed limit. He turned to initiate a traffic stop near the entrance to the Meglar bridge. When he activated his emergency lights the vehicle accelerated heading across the Meglar bridge toward Washington Litwin, joined by another Astoria Officer and a Clatsop County Sheriff's Deputy pursued. The vehicle accelerated to 90 MPH on the bridge then turned traveled east on Hwy 401 then east on Hwy 4. During the pursuit the reporting party called back with a license plate confirming the vehicle being pursued was stolen.
At 0510 AM the vehicle slid off the roadway coming to rest in a field near Miller Point in Rosburg Wa. Three occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody. Astoria Police, who had now been joined by Washington State Patrol, interviewed the suspects and learned that they had been involved in several other crimes during the evening. The suspects were lodged by the Washington State Patrol. Additional details will be available as the investigation continues.
Christopher Stineman, age 25, of Astoria,
Chelsea Grogan, age 20, of Gresham,
James Seften, age 25 of Portland who was the driver of the stolen vehicle.
They will likely face charges in both Washington and Oregon. The pursuit travelled approximately 25 miles. As with all pursuits, the Astoria Police Department will review the pursuit to ensure that it is in keeping with the department's pursuit policy.