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Driver Attempts to Elude State Troopers on I-84 near Pendleton, Crashes and is Caught on Foot

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May 8, 2013 at 5:14 p.m. a Trooper from the Pendleton Area Command attempted to stop a white 1999 Oldsmobile Alero on I-84 at MP 206 for passing other vehicles on the right shoulder and speeding at 115-mph. The Driver of the vehicle - Zechariah I. AYERS age 27 from Pendleton - failed to stop and proceeded to attempt to elude Troopers for 36 minutes and over 50 miles until he crashed his vehicle on private property off of US Hwy 37 at MP 8.5. Subsequently, his vehicle caught fire and AYERS fled on foot. A passenger in the vehicle remained with the vehicle and cooperated with Troopers. AYERS was soon caught by Troopers on foot, arrested and lodged in jail. AYERS was charged with: Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangerment, Felony Attempt to Elude-Vehicle, Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude-foot, Failure to Perform Duties of a Driver-property damage and Criminal Mischief II. The property owner, Troopers and deputies were able to quickly pull the burning vehicle out of the brush and into  a gravel lot where it burned preventing the fire from spreading to the brush.


Pendleton Area Troopers were assisted by Umatilla County Sheriff Deputies and the residents at Cold Springs Ranch.