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Stolen Dodge Charger is finally stopped in La Grande

Robert Isaac Akil

PENDLETON, Oregon – A man driving a Dodge Charger reported to have been stolen in Portland is now in Umatilla County Jail after leading law enforcement in a pursuit Monday. Robert Isaac Akil, 23, is charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors.

It all began Monday morning when an Oregon State Police officer attempted to pull Akil over for speeding at milepost 186 of Interstate 84 eastbound. OSP Lt. Mike Turner said that the suspect initially yielded and then took off at speeds of over 100 miles per hour. OSP did not pursue the vehicle due to the danger that would cause to other motorists, but did notify area law enforcement.

Several complaints about the speeding car were received, and Turner said that Umatilla Tribal Police tried to pull Akil over, but again the driver refused to yield. Tribal officers also elected not to pursue so as not to endanger the public.

Turner said as Akil continued eastbound, the Oregon State Police in La Grande were planning with the Union County Sheriff’s Office how to stop the vehicle. However, the black Charger exited at Gangloff Park in La Grande. OSP said officers from the La Grande Police Department employed a spike strip and stopped the driver.

He was taken into custody and transferred by LGPD to OSP custody and was transported to Umatilla County Jail. The car he was driving had been reported stolen in the Portland area Sunday.

Akil is charged with felony unauthorized use of a vehicle, felony attempt to elude or flee, misdemeanor reckless driving, and misdemeanor reckless endangering. His bail is set at $60,000.

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