BAKER CITY — An Oregon State Police trooper suffered minor injuries Wednesday while trying to keep a man from getting away.
Anthony Joseph Yattaw, 26, of Happy Valley, is in the Baker County Jail on multiple charges after a chase and crash that also injured another driver.
State police in a written statement reported a trooper Wednesday at 2:28 p.m. spotted a 2008 Saab that callers said was driving recklessly on Interstate 84 near milepost 302 eastbound near Baker City.
Troopers checked the Saab’s speed at more than 100 mph and attempted to stop the vehicle. The Saab stopped on the 302 off-ramp, where the driver dragged and threw a trooper to the ground before getting away. State police did not identify the officer, who suffered minor injuries.
State police tried to catch the driver but cut off the chase due to his reckless driving, state police reported, and the car zoomed out of sight.
Not long after, the Saab crashed into a 2011 Dodge pickup and a 2013 Ford pickup at the intersection of Hughes Lane and Highway 30.
The driver of the Dodge, Becky Harrell, 55, of Baker City, suffered minor injuries, according to state police, while the driver of the Ford, Nathan Hull, 48, also of Baker City, was no injured.
The driver of the Saab then ran onto 10th Street and into the Oregon Trail Livestock parking lot, which is where troopers took Yattaw into custody without further incident and booked him into jail for attempt to elude in vehicle, attempt to elude on foot, reckless driving, reckless endangering, driving under the influence of intoxicants, second-degree assault, second-degree attempted assault and assault on a public safety officer.
State police also reported the Baker City Police Department and the Baker County Sheriff’s Department assisted.