Thursday, December 24, 2015

Happy Valley Man Arrested Following Pursuit in Baker County - Injures Trooper (Photo)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: December 24th, 2015 12:50 PM
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On December 23rd, 2015 at about 2:28 p.m., an Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper located a vehicle that was reported to have been driving recklessly on Interstate 84 near milepost 302 eastbound, near Baker City. Troopers checked the 2008 Saab's speed over 100 MPH and attempted to stop the vehicle. The Saab, operated by Anthony Joseph YATTAW, age 26, of Happy Valley , stopped on the 302 off-ramp briefly before taking off, injuring a Trooper and accelerating at a high rate of speed towards Baker City.

Baker City OSP Troopers attempted to catch up to YATTAW, but because of YATTAW's reckless driving, the troopers discontinued pursuing the Saab and lost sight of the vehicle.

A short time later, the Saab crashed into a 2011 Dodge pickup, operated by Becky HARRELL, age 55, of Baker City, and a 2013 Ford pickup, operated by Nathan HULL, age 48, of Baker City, at the intersection of Hughes Lane and US Highway 30. YATTAW fled on foot onto 10th Street and into the Oregon Trail Livestock parking lot where troopers took him into custody without further incident.

YATTAW was taken to the Baker County Jail for Attempt to Elude in Vehicle, Attempt to Elude on Foot, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Assault II, Attempted Assault II, and Assault on a Public Safety Officer.

One Trooper received minor injuries after being dragged and thrown to the ground by YATTAW while he fled the scene of the first traffic stop. HARRELL received minor injuries and HULL was not injured.

OSP was assisted by the Baker City Police Department and the Baker County Sheriff's Department.
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