On Tuesday October 29th at approximately 4:50am, Manzanita Police Officer Sean Mumey was notified by Tillamook 911 dispatch that Cannon Beach Police was in pursuit of a vehicle southbound on Hwy 101.
Cannon Beach Police then discontinued their pursuit near Falcon Cove.
Officer Mumey was able to locate the vehicle near milepost 40 on Hwy 101. Officer Mumey attempted to stop the vehicle, which continued at speeds of 75‐85mph until they reached the City of Wheeler. The vehicle turned on Rector St. into Waterfront Park in Wheeler. The driver stopped his vehicle near the boat launch and wouldn’t obey commands from the officer. The driver then threw a bottle jack out his passenger side window, breaking the window. The driver then drove forward at a high rate of speed, going off the rock wall ledge and into the Nehalem River. The driver then exited his vehicle on the passenger side and tried to swim away. He quickly turned back and then started digging through his vehicle. The suspect told the officer, “I have a bullet for you” while pointing an object at the officer, believed to possibly be a nail gun.
Manzanita Police Chief Erik Harth arrived, along with a Cannon Beach Police Officer shortly after. The driver was taken into custody without further incident and was identified as Troy Underhill, 42 from Seaside. A loaded handgun was located in the passenger area of the vehicle. Underhill was arrested by Cannon Beach Police.
Manzanita Police was also assisted by Nehalem Bay Fire Department and the Tillamook Ambulance.