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High Speed Chase Leads to Two Arrested in Pendelton

PENDELTON – On Monday, July 11 at 9:46 p.m., a Pendleton Police Department patrol officer attempted to contact the occupant(s) of a gray Honda Accord in the Safeway parking lot.

The officer noted that when the vehicle turned into the parking lot, one of the rear tail lights/turn signals was not working. The patrol officer did not conduct a traffic stop, rather his intent was to advise the driver of the defective equipment. As the patrol officer approached the vehicle, the driver of the vehicle took off from the parking lot at a high rate of speed, ignoring the stop sign as the vehicle entered SW Court Avenue heading westbound.

The patrol officer gave chase to stop the vehicle for reckless driving, but the driver of the vehicle failed to stop. A vehicle pursuit was initiated by the patrol officer. The suspect driver of the vehicle continued on SW Court Avenue to Westgate where he turned eastbound. The suspect driver ignored a total of four stop lights/signs while
attempting to flee.

Ultimately, the driver and the passenger in the suspect vehicle abandoned the
car on the 10 Street bridge, leaving the vehicle in gear where it rolled into a residential chain link fence. The patrol officer observed both subjects run over the embankment toward the North side of the Umatilla River. A perimeter was established and after some searching, both occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody. Arrested were:
Edwin Roy Johnson, a 58-year-old Pendleton resident
Johny Ray Johnson, a 68-year-old Walla Walla resident

Collectively, both were lodged at the Umatilla County Jail for Attempt to Elude-Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Interfere with a Peace Officer, Hit and Run-Property and a Parole Board warrant. It is unknown if Edwin Johnson and Johny Johnson are related. The residential fence received minor damage and there were no injuries to anyone involved. This case will be sent to the Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office.

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