Friday, 10 April,2020
On Friday, April 10, 2020, at approximately 7:51 am The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office engaged in a brief vehicular pursuit of a reckless driver. A Skamania County Deputy was on SR-14, at or near milepost 12, eastbound, in Clark County, on-duty, coming into service. A 1994 Toyota Camry passed his marked patrol car at a speed estimated at 110 mph, approaching the new roundabouts on SR-14 within the city limits of Camas and Washougal.
Due to the reckless nature of the driving, the Skamania County Deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop, however the driver of the Camry failed to yield, and a pursuit was initiated. The driver, later identified as Amie D. Maderos, 42, or Vancouver, WA accelerated becoming airborne on both roundabouts. Our Deputy terminated the pursuit at milepost 21 on State Route 14 due to the driver using both lanes of travel.
The initial Deputy caught back up to the suspect vehicle as it was nearly stopped at Cape Horn, the driver then accelerated again, however our office did not pursue. At some point prior to milepost 33, Maderos began throwing clothing she’d lit on fire out the window to slow our response. Additional Deputies had set up at milepost 33 and 39 respectively. Attempts to stop the vehicle were met with negative results and Deputies, Troopers, and Fish & Wildlife Officers lost sight of the vehicle due to excessive speeds and reckless passing.
A short time later our office was advised the suspect vehicle had crashed on the Oregon side of the river, just east of the Bridge of the Gods entry. Witnesses watched as the Camry caught fire as Maderos fled the scene on foot. She was later located and arrested in Washougal, WA and lodged in the Skamania County Jail on felony eluding and several misdemeanor driving charges.
No injuries were reported, and the only property damage was to the 1994 Camry.