Hermiston Police News - Repeat offender arrested

Release Date: 
08/29/2011

On the 29th of August 2011, at approximately 7:05 AM, Clinton Eugene Springer 29 years of age, a transient of Hermiston, created a disturbance at the Eastside Market located at 582 E Main Street.  Springer fled from the store without paying for $19.11 worth of items and then stole a pickup from the parking lot. 

Photo: Damaged patrol carHermiston Police Officers Bryan Maess and Doug Smith attempted to contact Springer in the pickup in the area of Airport Road and South Highway 395.  During the attempt to get Springer to stop, Springer intentionally rammed both patrol vehicles causing significant damage to a 2009 Dodge Charger and a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria.

Officers were able to take Springer into custody a short time later in the area of 1925 Airport Road.  Springer was transported to the Umatilla County Jail in Pendleton by a Umatilla County Sheriff’s Deputy.

The Hermiston Police Department has charged Springer with (1) count of Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, (1) count of Unlawful Entry of a Motor Vehicle, (2) counts of Theft in the Third Degree, and (1) count of Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office offered assistance and handled the collision portion of the investigation.  Potential charges from that agency are (1) count of Attempted Assault in the First Degree, (2) counts of Attempted Assault in the Second Degree, and Elude.

NOTE: The additional charge of Theft in the Third Degree stemmed from a call for service earlier in the morning at 7-11 (4:50 AM) where Springer went into the store, prepared a couple burritos in their microwave, and then advised the clerk he did not have money to pay for the items.

Neither of the officers sustained serious injuries but both were sore from the collisions and were going to be evaluated at Good Shepherd Hospital.

“We have an incredibly professional police force and Mr. Springer is very fortunate the outcome of this incident only landed him in jail,” says Lieutenant Jason Edmiston


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