PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A low-speed chase between an erratic driver in an RV ended on Cornelius Pass Road when the man tried to ram a Multnomah County deputy’s vehicle.
The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said the deputy tried to pull 38-year-old Shawn Wheeler over, but he refused. Wheeler stopped near Highway 30 after leading the deputy on a chase for about 3 miles on Cornelius Pass.
The sheriff’s office said Wheeler backed up and rammed into the deputy’s car, a Portland police car and several other cars on the road.
Wheeler surrendered after a 20-minute standoff, then was surrounded and handcuffed by various law enforcement agencies.
Wheeler caused extensive damage to one car, causing minor injuries to the people inside. One mother on the road told KOIN 6 News officers told her to keep her and her children’s heads down because the man posed a serious threat.
Wheeler, who is from Markesan, Wisconsin, was arrested for attempt to elude and on a fugitive warrant. He is being held at the Multnomah County Detention Center.
Cornelius Pass was closed between Hwy 30 and Skyline Boulevard for several hours but has since reopened.
One deputy’s vehicle needed to be towed.
KOIN 6 News reporter Trevor Ault contributed to this report.