Washington state man arrested after car chase

Ricardo Allen Lopez

A Buckley, Washington, man allegedly led police on a roughly 15-minute, high-speed car chase from Gearhart to Astoria on Sunday morning.

After spotting a potential seat belt violation, a Clatsop County sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop a silver Pontiac Grand Am on U.S. Highway 101. Ricardo Allen Lopez, 24, then allegedly sped north on the highway with a female passenger.

The car allegedly exceeded speeds of 100 mph, and the deputy stopped the pursuit within a few seconds. An Oregon State Police trooper then caught up with the car in Astoria near the New Youngs Bay Bridge. The car eventually made a hasty right turn onto Bond Street and pulled into the Pig ’N Pancake parking lot.

Police arrested Lopez without further incident. He was charged with attempting to elude police with a vehicle and reckless driving.

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