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Foot pursuit of suspects shuts down UP railroad

Law enforcement searches the suspects' vehicle late Friday morning.

Photo by Ben Mitchell.
Law enforcement searches the suspects' vehicle late Friday morning.

Train traffic on the Union Pacific rail line was briefly shut down Friday morning as law enforcement pursued a male suspect who allegedly fled during a traffic stop made by the Hood River Police Department.

Officer Emy Delancey told the News at the scene that the incident began shortly before 11 a.m. Friday when he attempted to pull over a white Honda sedan near exit 63 on Interstate 84 for allegedly committing a violation.

Delancey said that “the driver of the vehicle initially ignored my lights and attempted to leave, but his vehicle wouldn’t let him leave,” apparently due to a mechanical issue.

Delancey said the suspect pulled into the Chevron station located East Marina Drive and the driver of the vehicle then “took off running” and the driver’s passenger “jumped out.”

With the driver gone, Delancey reported he “unholstered my sidearm at the passenger because I couldn’t see his hands and I didn’t know what he was doing and he was in between attempting to flee and I don’t know what, but he was taken into custody with no issues.”

Hood River County Sheriff’s Department was called for backup and combed the area near the Union Pacific rail line located south of I-84. The rail line was shut down temporarily while law enforcement searched for and located the suspect in short order near the tracks, according to Delancey.

With the driver in custody, Delancey reported police learned the suspect has two warrants for his arrest. He added that the “passenger has felony charges for dangerous narcotics, some of which was found in the possessions and there were illegal narcotics found in the possession of the driver.”

At the time, Delancey said the driver of the car was charged by police with “unlawful possession, distribution, and manufacturing of narcotics and possession of dangerous narcotics so he has a whole host of charges plus for elude on foot and we’ll see about an attempt to elude in a vehicle.”

He added the driver would also be charged with criminal mischief for allegedly damaging a “freshly paved” area around the gas pumps at the Chevron station.

Delancey said names of the suspects were not available at the time of arrests.

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