Published: Sat, December 30, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Man drives into river trying to flee police

Man drives into river trying to flee police

After his pickup truck splashed into the Columbia River, 27-year-old Timofey Erofeeff got out and tried to swim away from officers.

However, the water in the river was very cold.

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

Erofeeff's truck sails off the pier into the Columbia River
Erofeeff’s truck sails off the pier into the Columbia River

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

Astoria police said officers went to North Tongue Point to investigate reports of a man possibly trespassing on boats.

They made a decision to charge him with second-degree criminal trespass and were advised to take him into custody for a Deschutes County parole violation. He managed to escape the sinking truck and swim away from the pier - briefly.

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The pier was too high for Erofeeff to be reached by responders, who passed him a life jacket and flotation ring. Fishermen on a nearby boat helped rescue him.

Astoria police shared a video of a crane removing the truck from the river on Thursday and captioned it: "Just cleaning up yesterday's mess".

Luckily for Erofeeff, employees from a local shipbuilding firm, WCT Marine & Construction Inc., sailed up in a small craft and pulled the hapless prowler out of the water. "Mr. Erofeeff should be thankful too".

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Erofeeff was taken to the hospital for treatment of hypothermia and then booked into the Clatsop County Jail on charges of criminal trespass, parole violation, attempt to elude a police officer, reckless driving and third-degree escape.

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