Pursuit begins with bank alarm and ends in arrest


A false alarm at an Irrigon bank resulted in an arrest anyway after a driver fled the scene when police showed up.

The Morrow County Sheriff’s Office reported that deputies responded to an alarm call at the Bank of Eastern Oregon, 230 S First St. in Irrigon, around 8:18 a.m. on Wednesday. As they arrived, a black Nissan pickup truck sped away from the scene and Deputy Colleen Neubert gave chase while Deputy Todd Siex spoke with bank employees and determined it was a false alarm.

According to a news release from the sheriff’s office, Neubert attempted to perform a traffic stop after the truck did not obey the stop sign at South First Street and Southeast Wyoming Avenue. After the vehicle failed to pull over and ran a second stop sign, Neubert informed dispatch she was involved in a pursuit southbound on Division Street.

The pursuit covered several county roads and cut across Interstate 84 and onto private property owned by the GreenWood Resources, reaching speeds of up to 95 miles per hour.

According to the news release, at 8:49 a.m. the suspect tried to turn north on County Line Road but lost control of the vehicle and slid into a dirt embankment, causing two flat tires.

Deputies arrested the driver, Lawrence Allen Perrin, 39, of Irrigon and charged him with felony elude, misdemeanor driving while suspended, reckless driving, reckless endangerment and criminal trespass. He was lodged at Umatilla County Jail with $27,000 bail. The sheriff’s office reported that more charges are pending.

Passengers Brian William Barnes, 29, of Umatilla and Cassandra Lynn Huling, 33, of Irrigon were detained but released after questioning.

Boardman Police Department and Oregon State Police assisted in the pursuit.

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