Felon nabbed after high-speed Portland chase

Peterson, of Beaverton, held without bail

Michael Peterson was arrested after allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase that ended in Southwest Portland, Jan. 14, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
Michael Peterson was arrested after allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase that ended in Southwest Portland, Jan. 14, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A high-speed chase in Southwest Portland ended with a wanted convicted felon in custody after he crashed into shrubs near a house.

Michael Peterson, 36 from Beaverton, was arrested Jan. 15, 2015 after a high-speed chase with Washington County deputies. (WCSO)
Michael Peterson, 36 from Beaverton, was arrested Jan. 15, 2015 after a high-speed chase with Washington County deputies. (WCSO)

Beaverton man Michael Peterson, 36, allegedly led police on a high-speed chase after he sped off from a traffic stop near St. Vincent’s Hospital. He went through Hwy 217 and ended in the Southwest Portland neighborhood.

He ran from the car after he crashed, police said, and was seen throwing something as he ran. Officers arrested Peterson as he tried to scale a fence.

A search of Peterson’s 1994 Acura Legend uncovered a stolen loaded handgun and “dozens of items” like GPS trackers and car stereo systems, according to PPB officials. A second loaded gun was found along the path Peterson had run.

Peterson was lodged in the Washington County Jail and charged with meth possession in addition to a slew of reckless driving and weapons charges. He is being held without bail and is expected to face additional charges as the investigation continues.

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