High speed chase ends in wreck

Authorities get ready to transport Norman Couch to the Klickitat County Jail after he was reportedly removed from a wrecked vehicle with only minor injuries. He attempted to elude police from The Dalles and crossed the interstate bridge, with the chase reading speeds of 100 miles per hour.

The pursuit of a wanted felon for parole violations that began in The Dalles Wednesday ended in a high speed chase and wreck in Washington.

Norman Couch, 41, of The Dalles was arrested Feb. 17 after rolling his blue BMW sedan on Dalles Mountain Road.

He received only minor injuries in the crash, according to the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office.

Couch, who was wanted for not abiding by court directives tied to a prior drug conviction, was reportedly spotted at a gasoline station parking lot by The Dalles bridge shortly after 11 a.m. on Feb. 17.

An officer from The Dalles Police Department allegedly tried to pull Couch over but the man took off at a high rate of speed.

According to The Dalles Police Capt. Steve Baska, the pursuit north on Highway 197 reached speeds of 100 miles per hour.

Dispatch alerted Washington authorities about the situation and the Oregon State Police and Wasco County Sheriff’s Office also lent assistance.

Klickitat County Sheriff’s Sgt. Fred Kilian said the suspect turned right on State Route 14 and then turned on the primitive roadway before losing control of the vehicle in the gravel, about 100 feet from the junction of SR-14.

Couch was taken into custody at the scene and jailed in Klickitat County, where he faces charges for attempting to elude authorities and reckless driving. Baska said he will be returned to Oregon for prosecution after his case in Washington has been adjudicated.

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