3 sets of spike strips finally stop Ore. arson suspect

6-16-13-STANTON BOOKING PHOTO-Lincoln City Police
Anthony Richard Stanton as shown in his Lincoln City booking photo June 16, 2013. (KOIN 6 News, Lincoln City Police Department)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A burning vehicle at a Lincoln City apartment complex launched what became an “accelerated” police pursuit down Highway 101 in Lincoln City all the way to the Fort Hill Restaurant in Willamina, Ore., Sunday.

Law enforcement ended up arresting a 29-year-old man.

It all started early Sunday morning when Lincoln City police responded to a vehicle fire report at the Ridge Apartments, 3425 SE Harbor Drive in Lincoln City, Ore.

“Information was obtained that the vehicle fire was possibly intentionally set,” the police department reported in a news release Sunday, “and a suspect, Anthony Richard Stanton of Lincoln City, was named.”

Police described Stanton as the “estranged husband of the victim.”

A responding officer said he saw the man’s white pickup speeding away from the scene, and began an “accelerated” pursuit down northbound Highway 101. The pursuit started near SE 23rd Street and continued onto Highway 18. Spike strips were used on Highway 18, but didn’t stop Stanton’s truck, police said.

Polk County deputies eventually placed spike strips in the road near the Spirit Mountain Casino in Grand Ronde, Ore.

According to Lincoln City Police Department, the strip flattened Stanton’s passenger-side tires — but Stanton continued on.

“At approximately Fort Hill Restaurant, also in Polk County, Polk County Deputies were able to set up another set of spike strips and this time the driver’s side tires were hit,” the police department reported. “Stanton continued driving for another ½ mile before stopping and being taken into custody.”

The Lincoln City Police were assisted by the Lincoln County Sheriffs Office, Oregon State Police, Polk County Sheriffs Office and North Lincoln Fire and Rescue.

Stanton was taken back to Lincoln County, and booked into the Lincoln County Jail. He’ll now face charges of Arson II, Criminal Mischief I, Attempt to Elude Police-Vehicle, Contempt of Court, Reckless Driving and DUII. According to police, his bail is set at $205,000.

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