Two local offenders ended up in jail after trying to flee Stanfield police.
The chase began Wednesday at about 12:40 a.m., according to a written statement from Stanfield police, when officer Cody Marcum attempted to pull over a vehicle that failed to stop at the Stanfield intersection of West Coe Avenue and Sherman Street.
“The vehicle was also swerving into the oncoming traffic lane and driving in a reckless manner,” Stanfield police reported.
Marcum attempted to contact the driver, who hit the gas pedal and headed south onto Echo Meadows Road, then turned west. Stanfield police reported pursuit speeds ranged from 65-90 mph with the majority of the incident taking place on gravel roads at slower speeds. Stanfield Police Chief Bryon Zumwalt said the passenger in the fleeing vehicle even shined a rechargeable LED spot light on the police car windshield to impede officers.
Members of the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office, Morrow County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police joined the chase. Zumwalt said state police set out spike strips, which ended the pursuit on Frontage Road near the former tree farm by Boardman.
Stanfield police arrested the driver, Victor Flores Martinez, 39, of Boardman, for felony attempt to elude a police officer, reckless driving, recklessly endangering another, and on two felony warrants. Police arrested the passenger, Frank Jesse Walker, 38, of Umatilla, for recklessly endangering another and interfering with a police officer.
Zumwalt said the charges of reckless endangering and interfering apply to Marcum and Jason Post, a Umatilla County sheriff’s deputy.
Umatilla County Circuit Court records show Martinez and Walker have misdemeanor and felony convictions going back to the late 1990s. The pair remain in the Umatilla County Jail, Pendleton.