The Umatilla County Sheriff's Office arrested two individuals Thursday who fled from the scene of a late night wire burning, according to a sheriff's press release.
While on patrol at 2:30 a.m., senior deputy Nathan Good discovered a suspicious fire along Alkali Canyon Road, southwest of Pendleton.
Someone appeared to be burning the insulation off some large industrial wire, Sheriff John Trumbo said. While investigating the fire, a pickup truck arrived but immediately fled the scene. Good pursued the truck, traveling at speeds up to 90 miles per hour, according to the press release.
The suspects allegedly abandoned the vehicle at Northeast Sixth and Oregon streets in Hermiston and fled on foot. Oregon State Police had assisted in pursuit.
Wire sections in the back of the truck reportedly appeared to match the wire at the burn site.
At about 7:45 a.m., state police received a tip that two of the fleeing subjects were staying at the Rodeo Inn in Pendleton. The senior deputy reportedly questioned the individuals and arrested them without incident.
Trumbo said police are still looking for two other suspects associated with the possible wire theft. All the suspects, he said, have a history of methamphetamine use.
"At this point, we're trying to figure out who the victim was," Trumbo said, explaining the wire was heavy duty. "That's not the kind of stuff you have lying around the house."
Trumbo said he was glad to be able to have a deputy out on that late-night shift.
"It's starting to have some benefit for us," he said. "That just goes to show that all areas of the county are susceptible to crime."