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Forest Grove man arrested after Highway 26 chase

Car had a large amount of cash and methamphetamine inside
By Jack Heffernan

The Daily Astorian

Published on August 21, 2018 10:05AM

A Forest Grove man was arrested on a host of charges Monday after allegedly leading police on a car chase in the southeastern part of Clatsop County.

Oregon State Police attempted to locate a black Mercedes with a Hawaii license plate Monday morning. After eluding officers in Banks, the car was spotted traveling westbound on U.S. Highway 26.

A trooper followed the car until it pulled into the Baker’s General Store parking lot just east of Elsie. The trooper attempted to block the car, but it accelerated, made a U-turn and turned east onto the highway. After chasing the car for about a mile with lights and sirens, the trooper ended the pursuit.

Another trooper set up spike strips on the highway about 15 miles east in Washington County. After hitting the strips, the car’s speed increased to over 80 mph. But the driver’s side tires became flat about 1 1/2 miles later, forcing the car to stop.

When police approached the car, they attempted to arrest Logan Ikaika Franco, 30. He allegedly resisted arrest, and troopers used a stun gun on him. After the arrest, troopers recovered a large chunk of cash and suspected methamphetamine.

Franco was taken to the Washington County Jail and faces charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, attempting to elude, resisting arrest, reckless driving, possession of methamphetamine, delivery of methamphetamine and driving while suspended.

Franco was convicted earlier this year of attempting to elude and reckless endangerment stemming from an incident in Yamhill County. In addition to the new charges, he also faces an alleged parole violation.


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