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Suspect eludes police twice, but lands in jail

Adam Fredrick Abell

UMATILLA COUNTY, Oregon – Adam Fredrick Abell, 31, is in Umatilla County Jail facing numerous charges related to two pursuits on the west end of the county Saturday night.

Umatilla County Sheriff’s Lt. Sterrin Holcomb tells KUMA News that the trouble began at approximately 9:38 p.m. Saturday when a Stanfield police officer tried to stop a black Acura that was going about 100 miles per hour on Highway 395. The driver eluded the officers.

Then, a UCSO deputy spotted the vehicle on East Highland Extension, identifying its front license plate. Once again, the driver eluded, exceeding speeds of 86 miles per hour against traffic and driving into oncoming traffic. Holcomb says the pursuit was terminated due to safety concerns.

Early the next morning, at about 12:52, the sheriff’s office dispatched a deputy to an address in the 31000 block of Joy Lane in response to a report involving suspicious persons. The deputy found two people in a black Acura. The rear plate came back as belonging to a Chevrolet pickup truck, but the front plate matched the license spotted earlier, 690JPT.

“An investigation on scene3 and search of the vehicle resulted in the driver, Adam Abell, being arrested on those charges as the driver in the earlier elude,” Holcomb stated in an email. “Other charges may be pending, and Abell showed signs of substance abuse at the time of the arrest.”

Holcomb says the second man in the vehicle was released at the scene.

Abell’s bail is set at $65,000. Charges against him include two counts of felony attempt to elude, unlawful possession of methamphetamine, felony theft of loss or mislaid property, two counts of reckless driving, and two counts of reckless endangering.

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