Officers were dispatched to a stabbing at 20 Halsey Road at 7:46 P.M. on 01/27/2023. Upon arrival, they learned that the victim had been transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital by a friend prior to their arrival, and the suspect fled West on Route 30 in a vehicle. A responding Clatsop County Sheriff’s Deputy observed the vehicle and attempted a traffic stop. The suspect took off at a high rate of speed, passing vehicles in a reckless manner, and the Deputy initiated a vehicle pursuit after the suspect failed to yield. The suspect lost control near Svenson Market Road, left the road, came to stop in a ravine, and fled on foot. He was apprehended a short time later by the Deputy, and no other vehicles were damaged in the incident. The suspect was transported to the Hospital as a precaution and medically cleared prior to being transported to the County jail, where he assaulted a Clatsop County deputy.
The Clatsop County Major Crimes Team was activated, and Astoria Police Detective A.J. Duryea is the lead investigator. The investigation has revealed that the suspect, 31-year-old Daniel Smith of Astoria, was involved in a physical altercation outside his residence with a neighbor. The neighbor received lacerations and stab wounds to his head and neck and has been released from the hospital.
The investigation is ongoing and the following charges have been filed:
- Assault II
- Felony Evading a Peace Officer
- Misdemeanor Eluding
- Reckless Driving
- Reckless Endangering X’s 5
- Criminal Mischief II
- Felony Unlawful Use of a Weapon
- Resisting Arrest
- Felony Assault on a Peace Officer
The Astoria Police Department would like to thank the Warrenton Police Department, Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office, Seaside Police Department, and the Oregon State Police for their assistance.
Please call Detective Duryea at 503-325-4111 if you have any additional information.