Man Drives Into Freezing Columbia River to Escape Police

Man Drives Into Freezing Columbia River to Escape Police

Man Drives Into Freezing Columbia River to Escape Police

A suspected boat prowler fleeing from police drove his pickup off an OR pier and into the Columbia River.

A December 27, 2017 booking photo of Timofey Erofeeff from the Astoria police department.

Officers arrived at North Tongue Point Wednesday morning after getting reports that a man, identified as 27-year-old Timofey Erofeeff of Scotts Mills, was trespassing on boats, Fox 12 reported. He took off as they approached his truck to make the arrest, starting a short pursuit.

Timofey Erofeeff swam a few hundred feet and then attempted to get back to shore.

The Coast Guard was preparing a helicopter to rescue him, but he changed his mind and swam back.

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

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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. Erofeeff should be thankful too'.

After only 20 minutes in the freezing water, the would-be escape artist had to be transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital to be treated for hypothermia.

Erofeeff was booked into the Clatsop County Jail on accusations of criminal trespass, violating his parole, attempting to elude police, reckless driving and escape.

As of Wednesday night, the truck was still in the water with a visible fuel sheen coming from it.

Police worked with the Coast Guard to retrieve the Ford F-150 pickup.

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