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By Matt Esnayra / The Daily News

A Longview man was arrested Monday night after a high-speed chase that ended with him driving into the Columbia River near Clatskanie.

Longview Police Department spokesman Captain. Branden McNeu said officers arrested Jaden James Hays, 27, of Longview, on suspicion of robbery and assault in connection with a June 25 incident in Longview in which he injured a person while stealing property.

According to McNew, officers identified a black Volkswagen at Miller’s Market, 3152 Washington Way, that was associated with Hays.

When Hays initiated a traffic stop, he reportedly fled, prompting police to embark on a chase that at times reached speeds of 120 mph (190 km/h) and led police across the Lewis and Clark Bridge into Oregon.

After Columbia County Sheriff’s Office officers set up spike barriers, Hays’ car ended up in the river near Clatskanie, just past the Safeway at 401 Columbia River Hwy.

Sergeant Anthony Bosworth of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office told The Daily News that the suspect’s car drove directly into the river.

Hays attempted to swim into the river but eventually returned to shore, where officers arrested him and booked him into the Columbia County Jail on several alleged charges, including fleeing from a crime, resisting arrest and reckless driving. Hays’ extradition to Longview is pending.