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Published on Wednesday March 9, 2011 - 11:24 AM
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LAKE OSWEGO - On Tuesday, Lake Oswego police arrested a man who led patrol officers on a long car chase through West Linn. It ended when the suspect's car burst into flames on I5.

A Lake Oswego police officer attempted to stop a reckless driver at 11:24 p.m. in the area of Country Club Road and Knaus Road. The driver, later identified as Jeffrey Michael Giroux, age 45, immediately attempted to elude the officer. The car, a red 1989 Toyota Camry, continued eastbound on Country Club Road to A Avenue and then turned southbound onto Highway 43 (State Street).

West Linn officers responded and set up spike strips in the in area of Highway 43 and Marylhurst Drive. The spike strip deployment was successful, however, the driver continued to flee from pursuing officers. Mr. Giroux continued onto southbound I-205 and then northbound onto I-5. The deflated tire eventually fell off with the car driving on the bare rim. Sparks from the rim on the roadway caught the vehicle on fire. Mr. Giroux finally stopped on I-5 at Highway 217.

Mr. Giroux, the sole occupant of the car, struggled with officers while they were trying to take him into custody and sustained minor injuries. One of the arresting officers also sustained minor injuries in the scuffle. Both the officer and Mr. Giroux were treated at OHSU. The officer has returned to duty. It is expected that Mr. Giroux will be released from the hospital later today. Alcohol was a factor in this case.

Mr. Giroux will be referred to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office for Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle, Misdemeanor Reckless Driving, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Resisting Arrest.

Officers from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, King City PD, Oregon City PD, Oregon State Police, Tigard PD, Tualatin PD and West Linn PD assisted with the incident.