A Hermiston-area man was arrested Wednesday morning on ten criminal charges related to an attempt to elude in the Hermiston area that ended after Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers pinned the car in and chased the driver down on foot. The suspect was arrested after resisting troopers, one of which was examined at a local hospital for possible injury.
According to OSP Sergeant Seth Cooney, on April 13, 2011 at approximately 9:30 a.m. Cooney attempted to stop a 2004 Chrysler for a traffic violation. The driver, later identified as JOSUE A. SANCHEZ MUNOZ, age 26, from Hermiston, failed to yield and applied his brakes several times in an attempt to have OSP collide with his car. During the next 20 minutes, SANCHEZ MUNOZ attempted to elude at slow speeds in the Hermiston and surrounding area as two other troopers joined Cooney in trying to stop the car.
As the car drove along Highway 207, it crossed the centerline appearing to collide with oncoming traffic several times before SANCHEZ MUNOZ made a u-turn near milepost 3. Troopers were able to slow his car and pinned it against the highway shoulder.
SANCHEZ MUNOZ fled the car on foot but was overtaken by the troopers. He resisted arrest briefly before troopers took him into custody.
SANCHEZ MUNOZ was driving with a suspended license. He was lodged in the Umatilla County Jail on the following charges:
* Misdemeanor Driving While Suspended * Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle * Attempted Assault in the First Degree * Attempted Assault in the Second Degree * Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude on Foot * Recklessly Endangering Another Person * Menacing * Escape in the Third Degree * Resisting Arrest * Assaulting a Public Safety Officer