Pursuit results in crash

By Kelly Ducote, The Observer January 22, 2014 08:05 am

A vehicle pursuit ended with a crash in Union Tuesday afternoon. (Union County Sheriff's Office photo)
A vehicle pursuit ended with a crash in Union Tuesday afternoon. (Union County Sheriff's Office photo)
What started as a domestic disturbance call led to a vehicle pursuit and crash in Union Tuesday afternoon.

Remington Pierre Miller, 26, of rural La Grande was arrested following the crash, which was a result of pursuit intervention technique by law enforcement.

Just before 3:30 p.m., dispatchers in La Grande received several 911 calls of a domestic disturbance in Union. While Union County Sheriff's Office deputies were en route to the scene, they were advised by dispatch that a suspect vehicle had just left the scene, according to USCO's Capt. Craig Ward.

Deputy Cody Bowen observed the vehicle turn eastbound on Bryan Street. Bowen attempted to stop the vehicle using lights and siren, but the driver refused to pull over and increased his speed, Ward said. The suspect's vehicle proceeded east on High Valley Road, then south on Kofford Road before turning west on the Catherine Creek Highway.

By that time, additional vehicles from the sheriff's office and the Oregon State Police had arrived in the area. Sgt. Bill Miller of the sheriff's office said five deputies and three state troopers responded.

The pursuit then continued northbound on Highway 203 at speeds of 70 mph, Ward said. Deputies and troopers were prepared to deploy spike strips near Hot Lake, but the suspect reversed direction and headed back toward Union, Ward said.

Deputy Bowen then requested permission to use a pursuit intervention technique, which was approved by the scene commander, Ward said. School had just been dismissed and there were children, parents and staff in the immediate path of the suspect's vehicle, according to law enforcement.

Oncoming traffic disrupted three attempts to perform the PIT maneuver, but Bowen was able to complete the PIT just north of Union. The maneuver caused the suspect's vehicle to leave the highway and come to rest with obvious damage. The suspect, who was the sole passenger, was extracted by the Union Fire Department. He was transferred by Union Ambulance to Grande Ronde Hospital. It was determined that he was not seriously injured, Ward said.

Miller was arrested on a charge of probation violation on an original charge of sexual abuse in the second degree. Ward said additional charges will follow.

The incident remains under investigation by the sheriff's office and OSP.

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