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Police searching for wanted man near Umatilla after car chase

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Published on March 7, 2018 1:14PM

Last changed on March 7, 2018 1:24PM

Naythan Olney

Naythan Olney


A wanted man eluded police for the second time in less than two weeks, and authorities are warning he could be armed and dangerous.

On Wednesday shortly before 9 a.m. a caller reported seeing Naythan Olney, 36, at 78626 Agnew Rd., Hermiston. He is wanted from a Feb. 24 incident in which he fled a traffic stop in Hermiston in a stolen vehicle, injuring officer Doug Gill in the process.

Umatilla County Sheriff’s deputy Chris Daugherty responded to the call Wednesday, according to a new release from the sheriff’s office, and set up near the house while he waited for backup.

As he waited, Olney sped away from the house in a stolen white 2017 Chevy Silverado, the release said.

Daugherty gave chase down Agnew and Westland roads with his lights flashing, and Olney drove the Silverado through a field onto Bridge Road headed west, where Daugherty was unable to follow.

A Umatilla police officer found the vehicle soon after and picked up the pursuit, which again went off road through crop circles off Powerline Road and toward Interstate 82.

Olney abandoned the truck near milepost 2 and went on foot toward the Umatilla River.

Multiple agencies began a grid search, and at 11:13 a.m. people were pulled of the search and sheriff’s office drone was deployed to scour the area. Both Umatilla High School and Clara Brownell Middle School were locked out during the search as a precaution, according to superintendent Heidi Sipe.

Olney was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, plaid shirt and a ball cap. The Silverado, reported stolen out of Morrow County, has been recovered and is being processed.

Olney has been known to carry a handgun, according to the press release, and anyone who spots him should not approach him but call 911 immediately.



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