Suspect tries to escape police by driving auto off pier

When they approached Erofeeff to take him into custody for a Deschutes County parole violation, he sped off down a dock in his truck and drove it into the Columbia River.

Erofeeff was driving at about 45mph when he launched himself into the river.

The fleeing suspect surfaced and had a go at swimming - a poor choice of getaway strategies in frigid water.

Officers responded to North Tongue Point at 10 reports of a man in a red Ford F150 who had possibly been trespassing on boats, according to television station KPTV in Portland.

Erofeeff paddled a few hundred feet, modified his escape plan and headed back to the pier. He quickly turned around and swam back toward the pier.

Timofey Erofeeff 27 was allegedly trespassing at an Astoria marina when the chase began
Timofey Erofeeff 27 was allegedly trespassing at an Astoria marina when the chase began

The truck has not been recovered from the river.

A fishing boat, Pacific Wind, also responded to the area to attempt to reach Erofeeff.

The police are still working with the Coast Guard to get the truck out of the water. "Mr. Erofeeff should be thankful too". Employees from nearby shipwright WCT Marine & Construction Inc. pulled him out of the water into a skiff and brought him to shore.

Erofeeff was treated for hypothermia. He was booked into Clatsop County Jail on charges of violating parole, second-degree criminal trespass, interfering with a police officer, attempt to elude a police officer, reckless driving and third-degree escape, ABC8 reported. Deputy Chief Halverson said his office was in contact with the Coast Guard about retrieving the vehicle but "It's in the river for now".

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