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Idaho Woman Arrested After Pursuit

Baker Sheriff

Baker County – On October 29, 2022, at approximately 8:36 p.m., Sheriff Ash received information regarding an SUV with front-end damage in the ditch on Highway 7. The reporting party was concerned that the occupants were under the influence of a controlled substance.

Deputies responded to Highway 7 and located the vehicle at 8:56 p.m. Deputies, along with OSP, approached the vehicle and attempted to contact the driver. The driver was uncooperative and showed signs of impairment. The driver pulled away during the contact and drove south on Highway 245 ignoring law enforcement commands to stop.

Law enforcement pursued the vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The driver traveled a short distance at low speeds, eventually pulling into a turnout. As law enforcement approached, the passenger began yelling at law enforcement while filming them. Law enforcement gave commands for both occupants to exit the vehicle but neither the driver nor passenger complied. The driver drove back onto Highway 245 traveling south, nearly colliding with an OSP vehicle.

As law enforcement pursued the vehicle, it continued for approximately ¼ mile. As the vehicle began driving along the shoulder, law enforcement vehicles surrounded the SUV, which came to a stop. Commands to exit the vehicle were given but neither occupant was cooperative. At approximately 10:25 p.m., the passenger exited the vehicle. Law enforcement personnel physically removed the driver, identified as Julene Chirinos Heughins (37 yoa of Idaho), from the vehicle.

After investigation, Heughins was arrested and charged with Driving under the Influence of Intoxicants and Attempt to Elude Police. She was transported and lodged at the Baker County Jail.

Baker County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Oregon State Police and the Baker City Police Department.


Julene Chirinos Heughins

Caldwell, Idaho



Attempt to Elude Police





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