An intoxicated man on the New Youngs Bay Bridge either chose his victim as a political target or messed with the wrong man. Either way, he made a big mistake.

At 8 p.m. Sunday, a call came in to the Astoria Police Department from a man who told police a silver Mercedes was trying to ram him.

The caller was none other than Oregon State Trooper Jim Pierce, who is a candidate for Clatsop County sheriff.

“Jim Pierce was off duty when he called in and said the Mercedes was trying to ram him and was all over the road,” Astoria Deputy Police Chief Brad Johnston said.

A sergeant with the Astoria Police Department responded to the incident. He tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver, Jeremy Kinman, 44, of Astoria, led him on a pursuit, from the New Youngs Bay Bridge to Eighth Street, north of Exchange Street.

He tried to hide in a driveway, but was arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants and attempting to elude police, Johnston said. Kinman registered a .13 blood alcohol percentage, according to police.

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