Sheriff's Office takes mother, daughter to hospital for mental-health evaluation after pursuit

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: April 15, 2012

Media and Interested Parties


Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #12-11345


At about 6:35 p.m. on Sunday, April 15, 2012, Clackamas County Sheriffs Office deputies received information of a possible drunk driver who had reportedly driven across the lawn of Estacada City Hall in a maroon Honda Accord.

When contacted, the female driver drove off at a high rate of speed with deputies in pursuit.

The pursuit was terminated shortly thereafter when it was learned there may have been a 4-year-old child in the car.

Concerned for the welfare of the child, deputies stayed on the lookout for the car. The suspect Honda was located about 10 minutes later in Carver. Deputies followed the car at a distance and formulated a plan to stop the vehicle.

Spike strips were deployed at the junction of Highway 224 and Highway 212, in Damascus -- successfully stopping the car with no injuries to the driver or passengers.

The driver, Cheryl Seratt, age 51, and the passenger, Tawnya Seratt, age 29, both of Milwaukie, Oregon, reportedly refused to get out of the car. Tasers were used to take them into custody.

The 4-year-old child was in the back seat of the car and was unharmed during the incident. Family members responded to the scene.

Both Cheryl and Tawnya Seratt were transported to Portland Adventist Hospital for mental-health evaluations. The reason for the bizarre behavior of mother and daughter is unknown.

The following charges will be submitted to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office for Cheryl Seratt:

  • Criminal Mischief I
  • Reckless Endangering
  • Attempt to Elude -- Felony.

Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #12-11345.

Contact Info:
Adam Phillips, Sergeant
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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