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Suspects from Pendleton car crash face charges

Published on September 12, 2017 8:46PM

PENDLETON — The two men Pendleton police arrested Monday evening after their car crashed on railroad tracks faced charges Tuesday.

Joseph Higheagle Jr., and Delbert Edwin Ferraris, both 30 and Pendleton residents, had arraignments Tuesday in Umatilla County Circuit Court, Pendleton. Court records show they appeared in court via video from the county jail.

Higheagle faces charges of first- and second-degree criminal trespassing for being on Union Pacific Railroad Co. property and trying to hide from police on private property at 515 S.E. Fourth St.

Ferraris also appeared in jail via video and faces the following charges: felony and misdemeanor attempting to elude a police officer; driving under the influence of intoxicants (alcohol); recklessly endangering another person; reckless driving; and driving while suspended or revoked.

Pendleton Police Chief Stuart Roberts reported the two were in a car that fled an officer, then crashed moments later on railroad tracks near Southeast Fourth Street. The pair remain in the Pendleton jail, although the court approved a conditional release for Higheagle and set bail for Ferraris at $40,000.

Editor’s note: The story on the crash and arrest that appeared in Tuesday’s paper misspelled Ferraris’ last name. The East Oregonian regrets the error.


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