Car Thief Captured After Pursuit

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On the 26th of July 2013, at approximately 6:55 AM, members of the Hermiston Police Department attempted to stop a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed near the 100 block of NE 8th Place.  After a very short pursuit (approximately 3 blocks), an unoccupied vehicle was found and a search on foot ensued.

Officers located Jeremiah Ayers 23 years of age of 150 NE 8th Place, Hermiston, a short distance away.  Ayers who is well known to agencies in Umatilla County, was taken to the Hermiston Police Department and processed. 

Ayers was charged with Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle for the vehicle that had just been stolen from the 900 block of E Main Street, Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle, Attempt to Elude on Foot, Theft in the Second Degree, and numerous driving infractions to include Careless Driving, Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device, etc.

Ayers whom we have arrested (8) times and charged with 37 different things, was lodged at the Umatilla County Jail in Pendleton.

"We have experienced similar car thefts and car prowls in this part of town recently.  As it is clear the residence Mr. Ayers is living at is a magnet for other like-minded individuals, this department will be taking an aggressive stance to include enforcement of code violations at that location," reports Chief of Police Jason Edmiston.

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