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Man vs. machine: Oregon man reportedly attempts to evade police using construction excavator
Screen shot of video issued by Washington County Sheriff's Office

Man vs. machine: Oregon man reportedly attempts to evade police using construction excavator

An Oregon man was arrested after he led police on a slow-speed chase — in a construction excavator.

On Sunday, the Washington County Sheriff's Office reported that deputies arrested Jesse B. Shaw after he attempted to elude them in the construction excavator he had been driving when they arrived. Police say Shaw drove the excavator a half of a mile before he was apprehended by the deputies, who had been walking behind him.

Police say that there were several warrants out for Shaw's arrest. He was wanted for delivery of methamphetamine in Clackamas County, a state parole board violation, for stealing a car, and for eluding police in Columbia County.

The stolen car charges had been issued against Shaw on Friday.

When police spotted Shaw on the excavator in Banks, Oregon, in Washington County, they say he ignored several requests to exit the machine and surrender. WFTV reports that Shaw eventually stopped the excavator and was then taken into custody.

Though the top speed of the excavator in question is not known, the video tweeted by police indicates they were able to keep pace with the excavator by walking briskly. It is not known whether Shaw submitted to arrest without further incident, but an additional charge of possession of a stolen vehicle was assessed against him on Monday.

It appears Shaw is being held on $2,250 bond. He turns 40 on August 26.

Police have not issued any further information about the arrest.

Banks is a remote town in Oregon, approximately 24 miles from Portland.

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