Hermiston Police News Release - Chronic offender arrested and charged

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On the 12th of June 2011, at approximately 8:30 PM, the Hermiston Police Department responded to the area of SW 5th Street and W Hermiston Avenue (Catholic Church) on a report of a vehicle having just been stolen.  Officers investigated the incident and a signed stolen was taken on a 2000 Toyota Camry with Oregon plates XWQ030.

Later in the evening just minutes to midnight, officers were dispatched to the area of 1105 SW 17th Street (Prairie House Apartments) on a report of a male subject dressed in dark clothing with short hair attempting to break into vehicles.  The subject fled the area on foot after having been startled by a tenant of the complex.

Hermiston Police officers responded to the area with no luck finding the subject.  Umatilla County Reserve Deputy Doug Primmer advised officers he observed a male matching the description of the car prowler going into the Gotta Stop mini mart a short distance away. 

Officer Bill Golter responded and observed Dylan Lieght Russell 18 years of age of 1308 SW Sage Drive #A, Hermiston, driving the stolen vehicle from earlier in the day away from Gotta Stop.  Officer Golter attempted a traffic stop but Russell ignored the lights and siren from the patrol vehicle and fled eastbound on Highland Avenue at a high rate of speed.  Due to the speeds involved and being able to positively identify Russell as the driver, Officer Golter terminated the pursuit.  Officer Golter and other responding units checked the last known area where they saw Russell fled, the 700 block of E Highland Avenue.

Russell and the vehicle were located in Cassens Court, a cul-de-sac with limited escape possibilities.  Officer Golter approached the vehicle and once again initiated his overhead lights.  Russell opened his car door as though he was going to flee on foot.  Officer Golter stopped his vehicle and began to exit when Russell rammed the front of the 2007 Ford Crown Victoria he (Golter) was operating.  The collision thrusted Officer Golter backward into the door jamb of his vehicle and caused the stolen vehicle to be lodged on the front bumper of the police car.  Russell then fled on foot into the backyard of a residence in the area.  Officer Golter pursued and was able to apprehend Russell with the deployment of a Taser.

Prior to being lodged in the Umatilla County Jail, Russell had to be taken to Good Shepherd Hospital to be evaluated as he was complaining of pain in his wrist.  Russell was lodged at the jail on charges of Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Attempt to Elude a Police Officer (both in vehicle and on foot), Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants – Controlled Substances, Resisting Arrest, and Reckless Driving. 

The case has been forwarded to the Umatilla County District Attorney’s for review of potential assault charges due to having used the stolen vehicle to crash into the police car.  Officer Golter was evaluated by staff at Good Shepherd Hospital and released.  The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office investigated the collision of the two vehicles.   

“Once again the choices made by Mr. Russell have had tremendous negative impact on the limited resources of our agency.  Mr. Russell not only caused damage to both vehicles involved, but also to himself and Officer Golter, all at the expense of the citizens we serve.”  “Over the course of the last couple months, our agency has been extremely busy catching Mr. Russell in the act of committing crimes.  The frustrating part is that we know we are not catching him each and every time he commits a crime.  Mr. Russell is a chronic offender that should not have been back out on the streets causing havoc,” by Lt Jason Edmiston.

**The Hermiston Police Department would like to Thank the patrol deputies of the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office for their assistance with this investigation.**



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