CHASE SUSPECT TO UNDERGO SURGERY

June 07, 2001 12:00 am

By The Observer

The 23-year-old male suspect believed to have fired at least three rounds at Union County Sheriff Steve Oliver during a high-speed chase Tuesday afternoon will have surgery soon at Legacy Emanual Hospital in Portland.

Alex X. Davenport, also known as Roy Scott Fritts, was taken into custody Tuesday after a chase along Interstate 84 that ended in the car he was in rolling into the interstate median. He was transferred late Wednesday from Grande Ronde Hospital to Portland. Two Union County deputies are guarding him at the hospital. Surgery, said Oliver, is needed on the mans face, which sustained a number of bone fractures during the auto accident.

Davenport/Fritts was not cooperating with police following his apprehension, authorities said. Deputies were finally able to get the mans fingerprints Wednesday afternoon, said Union County District Attorney Russ West, and were planning on seeing if the man could be identified through various national computer systems.

According to his fingerprints, the suspect was identified as one Roy Scott Fritts, not Alex Davenport. West would not comment on whether or not other warrants have been located for his arrest

Davenport/Fritts wasnt formally arrested by Union County, pending identification, but West said if he attempts to leave the Portland hospital, he will be arrested.

The driver of the car, Holly Lynn Ervin, 22, was booked into the Union County jail Tuesday evening after being checked at the hospital.

The case was presented to a Union County grand jury Wednesday.

Following the jury hearing, search warrants were obtained to get Davenport/Fritts fingerprints and to search the car.

Ervin was arraigned at 5 p.m. Wednesday on charges of two counts of attempted murder, aiding and abetting Davenport/Fritts, first-degree theft by receiving in the matter of a stolen shotgun, reckless driving, and two counts of attempting to elude police, first in a vehicle and then on foot.

Ervins bail was set at $100,000, without 10 percent allowed.

Deputies Tuesday evening also checked the North Powder motel room where Davenport/Fritts and Ervin had been staying.

While a list of what officers found was not available Wednesday, officers were known to have found an uncaged iguana, approximately 2 feet long, sitting on a heating pad in the room.

It wasnt clear Wednesday who owned the reptile, allow it had been released to the animal shelter.