A 36-year-old Long Beach man was arrested Tuesday night after eluding police, losing control of his vehicle and crashing into a power pole on U.S. Highway 30 in the John Day area east of Astoria.
David Ryan Huff was initially stopped by Oregon State Police for having a taillight out at milepost 89 on Highway 30. He gave a false name and then fled from the stop.
A pursuit ensued and Huff lost control near milepost 93, where a power pole was broken.
Highway 30 was closed for about two hours due to power lines coming down and striking three other vehicles.
Huff and a passenger, Keisha Marie Ann Jones, 24, of Long Beach, were immediately arrested after the crash. Further investigation revealed Huff had Oregon and Washington warrants and was in possession of cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin, according to state police.
Jones was on post-prison supervision and her probation officer issued a detainer.
Huff is being charged with attempting to elude police with a vehicle, reckless driving, recklessly endangering another person, second-degree criminal mischief, providing false information to a police officer and possession of methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine.
John Day Volunteer Fire Department, Astoria Police, Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Department of Transportation, Pacific Power assisted the state police at the scene.