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News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, 9:55 a.m.

Suspect booked on 21 charges, $400k bail after pursuit from Damascus to SE Portland ends in crash

Please reference CCSO Case # 16-30591

Booking photo: Peter PukayEarly Monday morning (Nov. 7, 2016), at approximately 2:30 a.m., a Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputy working in Damascus observed a white 2006 Chevy pickup being driven in a careless manner along SE Scooter Lane near SE Sunnyside Rd. in Damascus.

The deputy attempted to stop the truck shortly after the suspect driver pulled onto SE Young Ln from SE Sunnyside Rd.

The male driver -- later identified as Peter Georgiy Pukay, 23, of Damascus -- pulled to a stop, but then attempted a U-turn in an attempt to elude the deputy.

The suspect pickup then became stuck on the shoulder of the roadway. Mr. Pukay refused to comply with deputy commands -- and continued to rev his vehicle in an attempt to get un-stuck.

Other deputies arrived and placed spike strips around the path of the suspect vehicle in an attempt to disable it if it were to get un-stuck.

Mr. Pukay was then able to get the truck into four-wheel drive and un-stuck. Pukay drove the pickup through a neighboring yard, nearly hitting a house. The suspect vehicle continued to drive recklessly while deputies pursued.

Deputies attempted a pursuit intervention technique (PIT) maneuver, but it failed. The suspect vehicle spun, striking an oncoming vehicle, then continued without stopping. The driver of the struck vehicle was not injured, and the vehicle sustained minor damage.

The pursuit continued into Gresham, where the suspect drove his vehicle into the parking lot of a U.S. Post Office. Mr. Pukay's vehicle struck several postal vehicles, then drove through the closed gate.

As the suspect vehicle fled west on SE Powell Blvd with a flat front tire, an Oregon State Police trooper was able to successfully deploy spike strips to disable more tires on the vehicle.

Near SE 156th Ave. and SE Powell Blvd., the suspect vehicle left the roadway and collided with a power pole, shearing the pole in half. The suspect vehicle then continued into a yard of a nearby residence and crashed into a parked car.

After the crash, Mr. Pukay was reportedly still attempting to drive the vehicle, but due to extensive damage, the vehicle was immobilized.

Mr. Pukay sustained minor injuries, and was treated by Portland Fire at the scene. Peter Georgiy Pukay was then was taken into custody and transported to the Clackamas County Jail, where he was booked on the following charges:

Bail was set at $400,000. An Oct. 22 booking photo from a prior arrest is attached. His complete booking information is here.

Peter Pukay had been released from Clackamas County Jail on Oct. 31 following an Oct. 22 arrest for a parole violation. He has an extensive criminal history that includes charges of Theft, Burglary, Hit and Run, Assault, ID Theft, and drug charges involving meth and heroin.


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Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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