A man allegedly attempting to elude police drove his vehicle into the Hamlet Quick Stop on Friday.

Seaside police attempted to stop the driver around 9 p.m. for reckless driving. The driver did not stop, according to police, and began to flee south on U.S. Highway 101 to the U.S. Highway 26 junction.

Officers decided to end the chase after a few miles due to safety concerns. The driver was allegedly driving between 60 and 80 mph, crossing the centerline multiple times while passing other vehicles.

The man eventually lost control around a corner and crashed into the Hamlet Quick Stop, the convenience store that sits at the junction of Highway 26 and Highway 53.

Firefighters had to winch the vehicle out of the building and cut the driver out of the car, Hamlet Fire Chief Matt Verley said.

The driver, who was not publicly named, suffered severe injuries and was taken to a Portland-area hospital.

The building was damaged, Verley said, but in a section that did not impact the store itself. The store was closed at the time.

The police are investigating and could charge the driver with eluding police and reckless driving.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Seaside Police Department Detective Unit at (503) 738-6311.

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