An Astoria man allegedly led police on a miles-long car chase Tuesday.
Police attempted to stop a man driving an alleged stolen car at U.S. Highway 101 Business and Southeast Airport Lane just before 4:30 a.m. The driver then sped off.
At one point, police lost contact with the car and ended the pursuit. Police eventually spotted the car crashed in a ditch near the 88300 block of Lewis and Clark Road, about 7 miles away from the original traffic stop. A few minutes later, they found Richard Frank Scott, 25, of Astoria, hiding in a pasture about 100 yards away.
Scott admitted to crashing the car as he was attempting to pull into a driveway, according to court records. Scott said he was trying to elude police because he had criminal charges pending. He remains on probation for several charges stemming from 2016, including first-degree burglary and first-degree theft.
In connection with the incident Tuesday, Scott has been charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, attempting to elude a police officer, reckless driving, reckless endangerment and third-degree theft.