Man arrested after hit and run in Banks and an alleged attempt to run over police sergeant

Banks – A late Friday night car crash in Banks, a police pursuit through Forest Grove, and an attempt to run over a Forest Grove Police sergeant culminated early Saturday morning in the arrest of Joseph E. Eison, 20, of Hillsboro, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

On Friday at 11:26 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s officers responded to a hit and run crash in Banks at NW Banks Road and NW Sellers Road after it was reported that a 1994 Jeep Cherokee had crashed into a power pole and then drove away.

A few minutes later, police say a Forest Grove police sergeant spotted the  Jeep as it entered Forest Grove city limits. The driver refused to stop and was pursued by deputies and officers from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Forest Grove Police Department, and the Cornelius Police Department.

At one point during the chase, the Jeep, allegedly driven by Joseph E. Eison, turned down a dead end street near  Cedar Street and 24th Avenue, turned around, and faced a Forest Grove Police sergeant head on. The sergeant exited their police vehicle and gave the driver commands to exit the vehicle. Instead, police say that the driver drove straight at the Forest Grove Police sergeant, who was not struck.

After another short chase, the driver crashed into a yard and fled on foot before being captured by officers.

Eison was arrested Saturday morning on a number of charges, including attempted assault in the first degree, assault in the fourth degree, felony fleeing or attempting to elude police officers, misdemeanor fleeing or attempting to elude police officers, driving under the influence of intoxicants, unlawful use of weapon, two counts of misdemeanor hit and run, criminal mischief in the second degree, escape in the third degree, resisting arrest and also a misdemeanor warrant from Yamhill County.

During the chase, no officers or deputies were injured. Eason sustained minor injuries during the late night and early morning incident, and was cleared at a local hospital before being lodged in the Washington County Jail.

Sources and more information:

Media Release from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.