Hermiston Police News: Repeat offender apprehended

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On the 15th of January 2012, at approximately 2:50 PM, Hermiston Police Officers observed Ramel Rodriguez 31 years of age of 315 Willow Fork Drive, Boardman, as a passenger in a black 1991 Honda Accord with Oregon plates ZEF438.  Rodriguez was currently wanted on outstanding felony warrants and was wanted for questioning in a stolen vehicle investigation from November of 2011 out of this agency.

A traffic stop was initiated on the vehicle in the area of NE McNary St and E Beech Ave.  The vehicle stopped and the driver immediately exited at which time Rodriguez slid over to the driver seat and fled.  Rodriguez drove for approximately 3 blocks before entering the intersection of NE 4th Street and E Elm Ave against a red light.  Rodriguez crashed into a red 1999 Volkswagon Jetta with Oregon plates 721DVR driven by 31 year old Steven Broyles of 870 E Tamarack Ave, Hermiston. 

Rodriguez attempted to flee on foot but apprehended after a short foot pursuit.  Rodriguez is very well known to this agency as the Hermiston Police Department alone has arrested him 20 times and charged him with 43 different things ranging from assaults to drug charges.

For this incident Rodriguez was charged with:

(2) outstanding felony warrants one for Failure to Appear and the other for a Parole/Probation warrant, (1) count of felony Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver – Injury crash, (1) count of Failure to Perform Duties of a Driver – property, (1) count of Attempt to Elude Police in a vehicle, (1) count of Attempt to Elude Police on foot, (1) count of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, (1) count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, (1) count of Recklessly Endangering

Steven Broyles was placed under arrest and lodged at the Umatilla County Jail as he too was wanted on (2) felony probation violation warrants.  Broyles was also cited for Driving While Suspended and Driving Uninsured.

The passenger in Broyles vehicle, Robert Swales 27 years old of Stanfield, was treated for minor injuries at Good Shepherd Hospital before being released.  Swales cited for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Rodriguez was also charged with (1) count of Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle stemming from a stolen vehicle report this agency took in November.

Rodriguez was also identified as a person involved in a robbery that took place on the 14th of January 2012, at approximately 8:15 PM at 690 SW 9th Street #25, Hermiston.  Rodriguez was charged with:

(4) counts of Robbery in the First Degree, (1) count of Assault in the Second Degree, (1) count of Burglary in the First Degree, (1) count of Theft in the Second Degree, and (4) counts of Pointing a Firearm at Another Person.

Rodriguez was processed at the Hermiston Police Department before being lodged at the Umatilla County Jail.

Rodriguez was also wanted for questioning involving a burglary and aggravated theft case out of Morrow County.

"Mr. Rodriguez is clearly a scourge to society and not just specific to Hermiston as he has been very active in both Umatilla County as well as Morrow County.  We are very fortunate nobody was seriously injured based on the numerous poor decisions made by Mr. Rodriguez.  We have asked the Umatilla County Jail to remove Mr. Rodriguez out of the matrix system in hopes he will remain in jail." reports Acting Chief of Police Jason Edmiston 

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