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Man fleeing from police drives off OR pier

30 December 2017

A man was being chased by police so he made a decision to drive his auto into a river to get away.

An Oregon man is in hot water after taking a cold water plunge in his pickup truck.

A December 27, 2017 booking photo of Timofey Erofeeff from the Astoria police department.

Officers did not follow Erofeeff when he drove onto a pier, but he continued and launched the pickup off the end into the Columbia before exiting the vehicle.

Officers responded to North Tongue Point at 10 reports of a man in a red Ford F150 who had possibly been trespassing on boats, according to television station KPTV in Portland. The Coast Guard was called and prepared a helicopter to rescue him, but the mission was called off when he swam back. He swam out a couple of hundred feet into the frigid river.

Along with that trespassing and parole business, Timofey is now charged with reckless driving, Escape 3rd Degree and Attempting to Elude Police.

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When he reached the pier, he couldn't even climb back up-the pier was too tall.

Some fishermen in a nearby boat helped Erofeeff.

Erofeeff's truck sails off the pier into the Columbia River.

Because of the elevated pier, officers, threw Erofeeff a life vest and floatation disc until he was plucked out of the waters by a skiff, Fox 12 reported. "Mr. Erofeeff should be thankful too".

Erofeeff was taken to the hospital and treated for hypothermia, then released and booked at the Clatsop County Jail on several charges.

Man fleeing from police drives off OR pier