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Pursuit runs from Hermiston into Washington


HERMISTON, Oregon – A pursuit that began in Hermiston ended on Interstate 82 in Washington Monday. Javier Noe Martinez, 29, of Umatilla had warrants out for several sex crimes. He now faces additional charges including reckless driving, attempt to elude, and possession of marijuana.

Hermiston Police Chief Jason Edmiston wrote that an officer spotted Martinez as a passenger in a vehicle with Washington plates, being driven by a Hermiston woman. The wanted man is reported to have pushed that woman out of the vehicle, got behind the wheel, and fled at a high rate of speed.

Umatilla Police joined the pursuit as the suspect continued north. Edmiston posted that a spike strip was successfully deployed, but Martinez kept driving across the bridge into Washington. Hermiston and Umatilla police continued the pursuit, and requested assistance from the Washington State Patrol.

“The vehicle Martinez was driving came to a stop in the middle of the freeway overpass of Coffin Road,” Edmiston posted. “HPD and UPD officers took Martinez into custody without incident and later turned him over to WSP.”

In addition to the warrants, Martinez now faces charges including reckless driving, attempt to elude, and possession of methamphetamine.

Edmiston states that the pursuit will be reviewed, as all such actions are.

“Though not common to pursue into another state, the significant crimes Mr. Martinez is alleged to have committed necessitated a heightened response from our agency in hopes he does not get to victimize further,” Edmiston wrote.

He thanked UPD and WSP for their assistance.


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