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Fleeing driver leaves girl in crashed car

A 12-year-old passenger was left without apparent serious injuries when the driver of the car in which she was riding set off a police chase and crashed into a power pole on Northeast Prescott Street Monday night, according to Portland police.

Officers arrived to the 10300 block of Prescott and found the car, a sheared-off power pole, and a 12-year-old girl in the passenger seat. The driver was gone.

The driver, identified as 43-year-old Arnell Wendell Brown, was eventually located and arrested at Northeast 103rd Avenue and Tillamook Street. Police said the girl is the daughter of an associate of Brown's.

East Precinct officers said they previously tried to stop the vehicle near SE 102nd Avenue and Stark Street. However, the vehicle sped away. The car was "briefly pursued by officers before they terminated the pursuit," according to the release.

Brown is being booked into the Multnomah County Jail on several charges. Police said the girl did not appear to have any serious injuries — but was transported to a Portland hospital "as a precaution."

Pacific Power & Light is expected to replace the power pole.

A KOIN 6 News check of Brown's criminal record turned up countless driving while suspended charges, a failure to obey police officer charge pleaded down from attempt to elude, a July 2013 attempt to elude police conviction and a 2012 and 2013 failure to register on misdemeanor and felony sexual offender charges following a 2003 conviction of first-degree sexual abuse.