MORROW COUNTY — A high-speed car chase that began after a report of a theft in Morrow County ended with three suspects in handcuffs.

The Morrow County Sheriff's Office on Monday, July 19, received a report from a man who said he was following two people who he accused of stealing items from his scrapyard, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office. He said they were driving a gray SUV and pulling a small utility trailer north on Threemile Canyon Road toward Interstate 84.

Deputies found the suspects travelling back roads south of Boardman and pursued them at speeds up to 70 mph. As police chased the suspects through the Morrow County countryside, the trailer lost its tires, causing sparks to fly and items to fall out of the trailer.

The suspects continued to elude, running a pickup off the road and crossing through fields. Eventually, they passed through Threemile Canyon Farms and around crop circles before coming to a stop when the SUV lost a tire.

The sheriff's office arrested Lawrence Allen Perrin, 45, of Irrigon, on counts of second-degree theft, second-degree criminal trespassing and attempting to elude law enforcement, and arrested Maria Anita Price, 37, and Jonathan James Price, 39, both of Hermiston, on counts of second-degree theft and second-degree criminal trespassing.

The sheriff's office booked the trio into the Umatilla County Jail, Pendleton, that evening.


Reporter primarily covering government and public safety in Umatilla and Morrow County.

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