Boat theft, pursuit ends in arrest

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
September 6, 2014, 8:21 a.m.


Media and Interested Parties


At about 2:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, several calls were received about a disturbance at the Sportcraft Landing Marina in Oregon City (1701 Clackamette Drive).

Oregon City Police and Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched.

It was learned by the responding Marine Patrol deputy that a woman -- now identified as Alisha Johnson, age 28, of Milwaukie -- swam from the shore to the marina, which is secure, and was attempting to steal a boat.

Deputy Guthner returned to his patrol boat -- and soon found Johnson driving from the marina in a stolen brown-and-white cabin cruiser boat.

Deputy Guthner turned on the police lights and siren in his marked patrol boat and followed Ms. Johnson as she varied her speeds and drove the boat erratically.

There was nearly a collision with a personal watercraft (PWC) near the Meldrum Bar boat launch that caused the PWC operator to be thrown from their PWC. There was also a dangerous incident where Ms. Johnson nearly struck a paddle-boarder.

The deputy continued to pursue with lights and siren activated.

Near the Cedar Oaks boat ramp, the stolen boat appears to have overheated and stopped working.

Ms. Johnson was not compliant with the orders of the deputy and threatened the deputy with a metal object.

Ms. Johnson then put on a life jacket and jumped into the water.

The deputy continued to order the woman to his boat but she went to the shore and ran into the yard of a home on the shore.

The entire length of the pursuit is estimated at 2 miles.

Deputy Brian Lister, a Patrol deputy, located Ms. Johnson at 17619 SE Roethe Place and took her into custody.

Ms. Johnson was initially treated at the hospital, then lodged at the Clackamas County jail on charges of Unlawful Use of a Vehicle, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, and Attempting to Elude a Police Officer (Boat).

Linked above is a short video taken from the Sheriff's Office boat during the pursuit.


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Contact Info:
Sergeant Dan Kraus
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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