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Tigard K-9 unit assists; people are asked to help but not to approach fugitive.

Tigard Police participated in a hunt for a fugitive today, after an Oregon State Police chase ended in a crash and an escapee.

Authorities ask the public's help in locating suspect Joshua R. Blackwood, 22, of Shoreline, Wash.

The incident began at 3:12 a.m. today (Thursday, Aug. 17) when an Oregon State Police Trooper made contact with a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse at the Baldock rest area just south of Wilsonville. The trooper was investigating alleged public indecency.

According to police reports, suspects stepped out of the Eclipse, then back into it, and fled the scene.

State Police pursued and were joined by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office patrol deputies.

At approximately 3:23 a.m., Blackwood crashed the vehicle near milepost 276 on Interstate 5 southbound. Blackwood then fled the vehicle on foot, heading westbound. The female passenger also bailed out of the vehicle and fled to the southwest.

At 3:51 a.m., police captured the woman, identified as Ashley M Cochrane, 21, from Lake Stevens, Wash.

Deputies searched the area today with the help of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit, and K-9 units from Tigard and Clackamas. Marion County Sheriff's Office deputies also responded to assist in the search.

Police said Blackwood apparently spent several months on Washington's most wanted list. He is known to steal vehicles is Washington.

Blackwood is identified as a white male, 22, five-foot-seven, 140 lbs, with blue eyes and blond hair, last seen wearing shorts with no shirt or shoes. He has tattoos of the Seattle Skyline on his right forearm, and the word "Family" on the left side of neck.

He faces charges of assault on a public safety officer, hit and run, attempting to elude, reckless driving, possession of a controlled substance and criminal mischief.

Anyone who spots Blackwood is urged to call the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at 800-452-7888 or 911. People are warned not to approach Blackwood.

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