By News-Register staff • 

Driver crashes following high speed pursuit

McMinnville Police Department photos
The vehicle being pursued by McMinnville police Friday morning crashed into a light pole.
McMinnville Police Department photos
The vehicle being pursued by McMinnville police Friday morning crashed into a light pole.
Oscar Rocha
Oscar Rocha

A McMinnville man was arrested Friday morning following a high-speed pursuit that resulted in the driver crashing the vehicle.

Police identified the suspect as Oscar Martin Rocha, 26, whose last known address was 550 S.W. Border Lane.

He was booked into the Yamhill County Jail on two counts each of second-degree criminal mischief and reckless driving and one count each of third-degree criminal mischief, attempt to elude a police officer, hit-and-run, possession of a stolen vehicle and unlawful use of a weapon. Bail was set at $50,000 pending arraignment in Yamhill County Circuit Court.

Police gave this account:

About 1 a.m., officers were dispatched to a report of a red Isuzu SUV driving recklessly in the area of Southeast Ford and Storey streets. Officers began arriving in the area, looking for the suspect vehicle.

An officer spotted a red Isuzu SUV at the interseection of Southwest Baker Street and Old Sheridan Road. When the officer turned around to check on the vehicle, it was no longer at the intersection.

Within a few seconds, the Isuzu was relocated speeding west on Old Sheridan Road at a high rate of speed. When the officer came into sight of the vehicle, it turned off its headlights.

The officer caught up to the SUV on Southwest Cypress Street near of Old Sheridan Road. The Isuzu had lost control in the curve and spun out of control before crashing into a fence in the 1500 block of Cypress.

The driver was able to drive the vehicle back onto Cypress and fled again at a high rate of speed, but with the headlights turned back on. The vehicle was pursued north on Cypress reaching speeds of 80 mph.

The vehicle failed to stop at the intersection of Northwest Second Street, lost control in the curves of Northwest Cypress Street near the intersection of second Street.

The Isuzu spun out of control before rolling over two times, ultimately landing on its top, resting against a light pole at the northwest corner of the intersection of Northwest Cypress and Fourth Court.

The driver was wearing a seatbelt which kept him in the vehicle and probably saved him from sustaining serious injuries  Officers found him suspended upside down in the driver's seat.

Officers were able to cut the seatbelt and assist the driver out of the vehicle and arrest him. They provided first aid until McMinnville Fire Department medical personnel arrived. The driver was transported to Willamette Valley Medical Center for evaluation of minor injuries, which included minor facial lacerations and contusions from the crash impact.

Anyone with further information about this incident is asked to call officer Justin Zemlicka at 503-434-7307.

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