SEASIDE – A Nevada woman faces several charges after a high speed pursuit from Manzanita, past Cannon Beach and through Seaside on U.S. Highway 101 on May 26.

The pursuit began when an Oregon State Police Trooper attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation and the driver, Kum Ja Huh-Carstensen of Sun Valley Nevada did not yield to the trooper.

At approximately 7:50 pm several Clatsop County deputies became involved in the vehicle pursuit in Seaside. The pursuit continued through Gearhart and north on Highway 101 at speeds that reached 80 miles an hour.

Clatsop County Sheriff’s Deputy Bruce Scott deployed stop sticks, a pursuit intervention device designed to slowly deflate the tires of a fleeing vehicle, across Highway 101 at milepost 10. The vehicle drove over the stop sticks and its tires were successfully deflated lowering the pursuit speeds to 35 - 40 miles per hour.

The vehicle continued north for about a mile and came to a stop at milepost 9 near Perkins Lane on Highway 101 where Carstensen was safely taken into custody without further incident.

Carstensen, 59, was lodged in the Clatsop County Correctional Facility and charged with Felony-Attempt to Elude the Police in a Vehicle, and Misdemeanor-Reckless Driving.

Assisting in the pursuit were; Oregon State Police, Seaside Police., Gearhart Police, Warrenton Police and Astoria Police.

During annual training on May 22 the Sheriff's Office trained its deputies on the use of P.I.T. (Pursuit Intervention Techniques) and the use of stop sticks. The deputies trained on how to apply both of those techniques in a safe manner to reduce the risks involved in a pursuit to the fleeing driver and the public.


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