Man Attempts to Flee Police by Driving Car off Pier

Man Fleeing Police Drives Pickup Off Astoria Pier

A 27-year-old man sped off of a pier in his pickup truck in Astoria Wednesday morning - a dramatic scene captured on video by a local man who was working along the Columbia River at the time. Officers did not initially follow him onto the pier, but Erofeeff continued driving his truck off the pier and into the water.

Erofeeff is suspected of trespassing on boats at North Tongue Point early Wednesday. The Coast Guard was called and prepared a helicopter to rescue him, but the mission was called off when he swam back.

Timofey Erofeeff swam a few hundred feet and then attempted to get back to shore. Pursuers-turned-rescuers tossed him a life vest but he had to wait for some nearby fishermen to tug him aboard their boat.




Astoria police shared a video of a crane removing the truck from the river on Thursday and captioned it: "Just cleaning up yesterday's mess". "Mr. Erofeeff should be thankful too". He was fished out of the water by WTC Marine employees in a skiff.

Erofeeff was taken by Medix Ambulance Service to Columbia Memorial Hospital, treated for hypothermia and released to an officer. Astoria police are in contact with the U.S. Coast Guard regarding the handling of the truck in the water. He was booked into Clatsop County Jail on charges of violating parole, second-degree criminal trespass, interfering with a police officer, attempt to elude a police officer, reckless driving and third-degree escape, ABC8 reported.

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