A man was arrested in Astoria Wednesday after police said he drove his truck off a pier into the Columbia River.
However, the water in the river was very cold.
Tomofey Erofeef of Scotts Mills was seen trespassing on boats docked at the pier.
Police confronted 27-year-old Timofey Erofeeff about prowling around without permission on moored boats at North Tongue Point, Oregon. Astoria officers contacted his parole officer to advise that Erofeeff was being charged with second-degree criminal trespass. He took off as they approached his truck to make the arrest, starting a short pursuit. Timofey and his Ford F-150 went nose-first into the Columbia River.
Astoria police said Erofeeff managed to escape the sinking truck and swim a couple hundred feet away from the pier but then returned to be rescued. The Coast Guard was called and prepared a helicopter to rescue him, but the mission was called off when he swam back.
Timofey Erofeeff 27 was allegedly trespassing at an Astoria marina when the chase began
When he reached the pier, he couldn't even climb back up-the pier was too tall.
All told, Erofeeff spent about 20 minutes in the icy water. Erofeeff should be thankful too'.
He was treated for hypothermia and later booked into the Clatsop County Jail on felony charges of burglary and attempting to elude police, as well as several misdemeanors.
As of Wednesday night, the truck was still in the water with a visible fuel sheen coming from it. Police and the Coast Guard are coming up with a plan to pull it out.
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