HERMISTON — A man was arrested near Hermiston Sunday night after his alleged involvement in a vehicle pursuit in Hermiston and stealing a car in Stanfield.

Rhyan James Baney, 24, stole his grandfather’s 2008 Lincoln four-door sedan from the Stanfield area around 11 p.m. Sunday, according to the Hermiston Police Department.

Baney is lodged in the Umatilla County Jail.

Hermiston police received a call that Baney’s aunt was following him near East Main Street and law enforcement began following him near the intersection of Main and Northeast Sixth streets, said Hermiston Police Chief Jason Edmiston.

Police attempted to pull Baney over, but he kept driving going just 20 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone, Edmiston said. He increased his speed going through the Southeast Tenth Street intersection at an estimated 50 miles per hour, Edmiston said, then crashed on Hooker Road near the intersection of South Townsend Road.

He fled on foot and was caught at the near West Punkin Center Road and North Townsend Road, according to the police report.

Baney was charged with one count each of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and attempt to elude in a vehicle by the Stanfield Police Department, according to the Umatilla County Jail Roster. He is also charged with one count each of reckless endangering, reckless driving, attempt to elude on foot, second-degree theft and possession of a stolen vehicle.

This is Baney’s 27th arrest and the 74th crime he has been charged with by the Hermiston Police Department, Edmiston said.

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