MILTON-FREEWATER —A Milton-Freewater man with a history of fleeing police is again behind bars on multiple charges including trying to get away from the cops.

Milton-Freewater Police Chief Doug Boedigheimer reported in an email an officer tried to stop a Subaru Forester a little before 5 a.m. Wednesday on the 1200 block of North Main Street, Milton-Freewater. The chief said he did not have the report on what led to the stop, but it may have been because the officer recognized the driver, Jimmy Boy Humbert, 28, of Milton-Freewater.

“Historically, he runs/eludes from police as a matter of behavior and practice,” Boedigheimer stated. “When the elude occurred, Humbert had two felony warrants out of Umatilla County, which in this case added to his propensity to run from police.”

Humbert led the officer into the county near Locust Road and Highway 339, according to the chief, then jumped out of the vehicle and ran into a nearby orchard. Humbert’s girlfriend was a passenger and told police Humbert was the driver.

The officer did not catch Humbert, Boedigheimer stated, so he wrote a “probable cause statement” that outlined the cause for Humbert’s arrest and posted it in the police department. Boedigheimer explained the statement gave other officers the knowledge and authority to arrest him.

And later that day, another officer found Humbert at 392 Raspberry Loop, took him into custody and booked him into the Umatilla County Jail, Pendleton, on charges of felony attempt to elude a police officer via a vehicle and misdemeanors of reckless driving and recklessly endangering another (the girlfriend), as well as on the two warrants.

Boedigheimer also said Humbert could face another misdemeanor for running from police on foot.

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