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Oregon police trooper hurt in pursuit crash ID’d

November 13, 2021 GMT

ST. HELENS, Ore. (AP) — A Oregon State Police Trooper who was critically injured on U.S. Route 30 near St. Helens Thursday has been identified.

KOIN-TV reports officials released a statement Friday morning identifying the trooper as John Jeffries. Jeffries retired from the FBI after 20 years and started working with Oregon State Police in March.

Troopers were pursuing a driver fleeing from Longview, Washington when police said the driver rammed a state patrol car and struck Jeffries around 3:30 p.m.

Jeffries was taken to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland and was reported to be critically injured.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident.

In an emailed statement Friday, FBI Special Agent in Charge Kieran L. Ramsey said Jeffries served with honor in the FBI as a case agent, pilot, firearms instructor and SWAT team member until 2016.

No other information is available at this time, including why the suspect was being pursued.