Child endangerment suspect identified
Police have identified the suspect who was arrested after fleeing from officers with a child in a car on Satruday.
Joseph M. Tedrick, 32, is charged with reckless driving, reckless endangering, driving while suspended, attempt to elude in a vehicle, attempt to elude on foot, and interfering with a peace officer.
Tedrick was initially transported to an area hospital by ambulance after he informed officers he swallowed a controlled substance prior to being arrested. They remained with him at the hospital during the six hour observation period. He was transported to the Multnomah County Jail afterwards and has since been released.
According to police, the investigation began at 11:51 a.m. on aug. 4 when North Precinct officers received several calls about an erratic driver with a minor child in the back seat. Officers were told that the vehicle was last seen parked in the street in the area of North Anchor Way and North Harbour Drive.
As officers were arriving to the area, they learned the male driver appeared to be passed out behind the wheel of a parked vehicle while a passerby was trying to get the child out of the vehicle.
When officers arrived at the scene and attempted to contact the subject, woke up and he sped off eastbound with the child in the back seat. Officers were concerned for the welfare of both the driver, child and the public, and initiated a vehicle pursuit.
During the pursuit, police units deployed spikes strips, a device used to impede or stop the movement of vehicles by puncturing their tires. As a result of a successful spike deployment, the suspect vehicle came to safe stop on Northeast Marine Drive east of Northeast 33rd Avenue.
Officers then observed the male driver jump out of the vehicle and run into the Columbia River. He started swimming away from the shore, leaving the child unattended inside the vehicle. Officers immediately approached the abandoned vehicle and found a female child, who appeared to be about 5 years old, unharmed. Officers took the child into their custody, and she was taken to North Precinct and reunited with her mother.
Portland Fire & Rescue Boat 17 was assigned to assist in taking the suspect into custody. When it arrived at the scene, the suspect was rescued from the water and taken into custody without incident. He was transported to an area hospital by ambulance after he told officers he had taken an unspecified substance.
Anyone with information about this incident should contact Portland Police Bureau Non-Emergency number at 503-823-3333.