Dundee-to-Mac pursuit nets two
Capt. Jeff Kosmicki of the Newberg-Dundee police identified the suspects as Danial Martinez, 39, of Stayton, and Michael Martin Trevino, 25, of Salem.
Martinez was charged with one count each of first-degree theft, attempt to elude a police officer, possession of a controlled substance/methamphetamine, reckless driving and reckless endangering. He was lodged in the Yamhill County Jail on $32,500 bail, pending arraignment Monday in circuit court.
Trevino was charged with one count of first-degree theft. He was lodged on $7,500 bail, pending arraignment.
A Newberg-Dundee police officer initiated the pursuit. Kosmicki gave this account:
About 7 p.m., officers responded to a 911 call indicating a Latino male had just fled the store with an armload of clothing that still had price tags and security alarms attached. A witness said he sped off in a silver 1994 Lincoln Town Car.
An officer spotted the car traveling southbound on Hancock Street, near its Howard Street intersection. He stopped it just north of Dundee and made contact with the driver, identified as Martinez.
Suddenly Martinez, who was wearing a shirt with a price tag still attached, threw the car into gear and sped off southbound. He and Trevino were allegedly tossing stolen merchandise out the window as they sped south.
They exited Highway 99W and headed west on Highway 18 at speeds of 90 mph or more. The Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office picked up the chase at that point and the McMinnville police joined.
The suspects took the McMinnville exit off Highway 18 and headed onto the Three Mile Lane Bridge.
“We had officers set up at the Three Mile Lane exit and the Three Mile Lane overpass with spike strips so they (the suspects) would hit them regardless of whether they tried to come into town or continue west on Highway 18,” said Sgt. Josh Sheets of the McMinnville police.
He said they made an “extremely dangerous decision” to head across the Three Mile Lane bridge in the wrong lane of travel in an attempt to avoid the spike strips. “An officer waiting on the off-ramp with the spike strips was able to quickly move them from the off-ramp to the overpass exit, where the vehicle hit them, deflating three of the tires,” he said.
The vehicle continued into town on three flat tires, but finally came to a stop in front of the Jim Doran auto dealership at 1315 N.E. Third St.
The driver was immediately taken into custody. The passenger fled, but was spotted hiding in some backyard bushes in the vicinity of Northeast Oregon and Second streets.
During a search of the vehicle, about $1,250 worth of stolen property was recovered, in addition to drug paraphernalia, scales and seven rounds of ammunition for a .357-caliber Magnum. However, no gun was found.
No injuries were reported. Traffic was detoured around the area for a period of time.