Police: Oregon state trooper hurt in crash during pursuit

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ST. HELENS, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say an Oregon State Police trooper was critically hurt during a pursuit along U.S. Route 30 west of St. Helens.

KOIN-TV reports Oregon State Police said troopers were pursuing a suspect at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday when the suspect vehicle rammed a state patrol car and struck a state trooper.

On Friday the agency identified the trooper as John Jeffries.

Jeffries started with the Oregon State Police in March of 2021, after retiring from the FBI after 20 years of service.

He is currently duty stationed at the St. Helens worksite.

Jeffries and his wife have spent the last 25 years in Portland where they raised their two sons, according to OSP.

Police say Jeffries was taken by ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland in critical condition.

No other information was immediately available, including why the suspect was being chased or the condition of the suspect.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is leading an investigation into the incident.

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