WARRENTON - A 17-year-old Ilwaco, Wash., man who led police on a high speed chase along U.S. Highways 26 and 101 Saturday night, was finally taken into custody early Sunday morning in Warrenton. Michal Cleveland is charged with eluding police, reckless driving and reckless endangering. According to Oregon State Police, Cleveland refused to stop when a trooper attempted to pull him over for speeding on Highway 26, nine miles east of the Cannon Beach junction. Cleveland took off at a high rate of speed, turned onto Highway 101 and sped through Seaside toward Warrenton, occasionally driving into oncoming traffic, OSP reported.
At milepost 14 by the ODOT weigh station, Cleveland's pickup ran over a spike strip Sgt. Andrew Merila had been able to place there. Although his left front tire was punctured, Cleveland continued into Warrenton, turned onto Marlin Avenue and then onto Harbor Drive, and finally onto King Street, where he abandoned his pickup and took off on foot. OSP officers, assisted by Clatsop County Sheriff's deputies, Warrenton police and the WPD tracking dog, searched unsuccessfully for Cleveland until 11:30 p.m. At about 1 a.m. Sunday, officers responded to a report that a shoeless, soaking wet person had been spotted at the Warrenton Boat Basin. After a boat-by-boat search, Cleveland was located and taken into custody.