Police: Girl crashes stolen car in elude attempt

Police: Girl crashes stolen car in elude attempt »Play Video
A stolen Acura came to rest on its top after crashing on a highway onramp Sunday morning. Photos courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

BEAVERTON, Ore. - Police said a 17-year-old girl led officers on a chase in a stolen car before flipping the vehicle on a Beaverton-area highway onramp Sunday morning.

The girl, Phillicia Johnsen of Portland, was taken to Providence St. Vincent Medical Center for treatment of injuries police described as non-life-threatening. She was transferred to the authority of the Oregon Youth Authority at the hospital.

According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, someone reported the theft of a red Acura from an Aloha home about 9 a.m. Not long after, a sheriff's deputy spotted the Acura heading east on Highway 26 and started following it.

Several other deputies joined in and followed the car as it headed through the Cedar Hills area. After confirming that the Acura was stolen, the deputies tried in vain to pull over the vehicle.

Instead, the sheriff's office said, the Acura sped north on Highway 217 but lost control while on the onramp to eastbound Highway 26.


The Acura drove off the left side of the road and up a grassy embankment before hitting a concrete retaining wall. The vehicle then flipped and came to rest upside down on the onramp.

The driver got out of the car and was taken into custody. She initially gave deputies false information about her identity, the sheriff's office said.

Johnson was charged with:

  • Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle
  • Identity theft
  • Felony elude
  • Felony warrant for abscond
  • Felony warrant for a previous unlawful use of a motor vehicle
  • Reckless driving
  • Criminal mischief II
  • Unlawful entry into motor vehicle
  • Driving while suspended misdemeanor