SEASIDE — A Nevada woman has been arrested, after eluding law enforcement officials in Seaside Saturday.

Several Clatsop County Sheriff’s deputies became involved in a vehicle pursuit just before 8 p.m., that began when an Oregon State Police Trooper attempted to stop a white Saturn for a traffic violation.

The driver, Kum Ja Huh-Carstensen, 59, of Sun Valley, Nev., did not yield to the trooper.

The pursuit continued through Gearhart and north on U.S. Highway 101 at speeds that reached 80 miles per hour.

Deputy Bruce Scott deployed “Stop Sticks,” a pursuit intervention device designed to slowly deflate the tires of a fleeing vehicle across the highway at milepost 10.

The Saturn drove over the “Stop Sticks” and its tires were successfully deflated, lowering the pursuit speeds to between 35 and 40 mph.

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

Carstensen was lodged in the Clatsop County Correctional Facility and charged with felony attempt to elude the police in a vehicle, and misdemeanor reckless driving.

During annual training on May 22, the Sheriff's Office trained its deputies on the use of Pursuit Intervention Techniques (PIT) 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.

Oregon State Police, Seaside Police Department, Gearhart Police Department, Warrenton Police Department and the Astoria Police Department assisted in the incident.


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