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Suspect Drove Off Oregon Pier and Tried to Swim Away From Officers Before Needing Police Rescue, Authorities Say

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A parolee drove his truck off a pier in Astoria, Oregon, and attempted to swim away from officers before turning around and swimming back to the pier, where he was rescued and arrested Wednesday, according to police.

Officers responded to North Tongue Point for reports of a man in a red Ford F-150 who had possibly been trespassing on boats, according to television station KPTV in Portland. The suspect was identified as 27-year-old Timofey Erofeeff of Scotts Mills.

Police learned Erofeeff was a corrections offender out of Deschutes County. Astoria officers contacted his parole officer to advise that Erofeeff was being charged with second-degree criminal trespass. They were told to also arrest him for a parole violation.

When the officers returned to Erofeeff’s vehicle, he drove off and headed onto Pier 2. Officers did not initially follow him onto the pier, but Erofeeff continued driving his truck off the pier and into the water.

The crash was captured on camera.

Erofeeff managed to escape his truck and swam a couple hundred feet away from the pier, according to police, before he turned around and swam back to the pier.

Due to the height of the pier, officers threw him a life vest and flotation disc until employees from WCT Marine were able to reach him with a skiff and pull him out of the water.

A fishing boat, Pacific Wind, also responded to the area to attempt to reach Erofeeff.

Erofeeff was taken to the hospital for treatment of hypothermia and then booked into the Clatsop County Jail on suspicion of criminal trespass, parole violation, attempt to elude a police officer, reckless driving and third-degree escape.

The truck has not been recovered from the Columbia River. Astoria police are in contact with the U.S. Coast Guard regarding the handling of the truck in the water.

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