Shortly after the pursuit was terminated, OSP Trooper John Jeffries was hit. The incident happened on Highway 30 west of St. Helens. The suspect vehicle rammed an OSP Patrol car, which then struck Trooper Jeffries. The Trooper was taken by ground ambulance to Emanuel Hospital and remains in critical condition. The suspect was taken into custody and transported to the hospital, where he is being treated for injuries he sustained as a result of the crash.
The Oregon Herald and CCSO joins the FBI and OSP in asking that you keep Trooper Jeffries, his family, and his friends in your prayers as he recovers from these serious injuries.
The investigation is ongoing and being handled by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, the Columbia County District Attorney's Office, the Washington County Major Crimes Team, and the Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team.