Two people were arrested and jailed early Wednesday morning after leading Stanfield police on a high-speed chase.
Around 12:40 a.m., on Wednesday, Stanfield Police Officer Cody Marcum attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle which failed to stop at the W. Coe Avenue and Sherman Street intersection for a stop sign. The vehicle was also swerving into the oncoming traffic lane, and driving in a reckless manner.
According to the Stanfield Police Department, the driver of the vehicle immediately accelerated and continued onto Echo Meadows Road when Marcum attempted contact. During the course of the pursuit, speeds ranged from 65 to 90 mph with the majority of the incident taking place on gravel roads at slower speeds.
During the pursuit, the passenger in the vehicle began shining an LED spot light on the windshield of pursuing police vehicles in an attempt to impede the officers’ ability to capture them.
The Oregon State Police successfully deployed spike strips and the driver and passenger were taken into custody by the Stanfield police on Frontage Road near Boardman.
The driver was identified as Victor Flores Martinez, 39. Martinez was lodged at the Umatilla County Jail on charges which of attempting to elude a police officer, reckless driving, recklessly endangering another, and two felony warrants.
The passenger in the vehicle was identified as Frank Jesse Walker, 38. Her was lodged at the Umatilla County Jail on charges of recklessly endangering another and interfering with a police officer.