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Chase With Police Ends When Man Crashes Into Columbia River

A man was hospitalized in fair condition Friday after leading police on a chase that ended in a crash that sent him flying into the Columbia River, officers said.

Michael Adam Drake, 32, of Pasco, suffered a broken neck, shoulder and back in the 1:23 a.m. crash, police and firefighters said.

He hid in a thicket of brush on the riverbank for about 90 minutes before giving up to authorities because he was cold and in pain.

“It’s not worth it,” Drake said as he gave up. “Get me a blanket, I’m cold.”

Drake will be billed for the cost of the search, including $2,500 for the Coast Guard helicopter, Astoria police Sgt. David Logsdon said.

The rented car he was driving was totaled. Logsdon said he will ask the owner, Enterprise Rent-a-Car in Pasco, to donate the wreckage for use in police presentations to students about drunken driving and seat belts.

Police say they aren’t sure why Drake fled in the first place.

“All that for a DUI ticket,” Logsdon said. ‘It’s senseless.”