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Night Boat Patrol on Columbia River East of The Dalles 'Nets' More Than Boating Violations

July 16, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife troopers conducting a Monday night boat patrol with Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) officers found more than fishing and boating violations on the Columbia River east of The Dalles. During a two-hour period, officers arrested four people wanted on outstanding arrest warrants issued out of Oregon and Washington.

During the evening hours of July 15, 2013, OSP Fish & Wildlife troopers and WDFW officers were patrolling together during a commercial fisheries check along the Columbia River east of the Deschutes River. At approximately 9:52 p.m., they contacted a boat with four occupants near Miller Island in Sherman County operating without safety lighting equipment. During the contact they discovered that three of the 4 fishermen were wanted on outstanding arrest warrants, two out of Oregon and one out of Washington State.

OSP troopers arrested MATTHEW L. JIM age 38, and COLETTE R. PATRICK, age 33, both from Toppenish, Washington. JIM had an arrest warrant out of Wasco County for Failure to Appear in the Second Degree. PATRICK had an arrest warrant out of Wasco County for Probation Violation. The third person, whose name is not available, was arrested by WDFW officers for the outstanding warrant out of Washington State. The three men arrested were taken to a nearby boat ramp and transferred to the custody of officers. A Sherman County deputy transported JIM and PATRICK and lodged them in the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility (NORCOR). The third person was lodged in Washington.

At approximately 11:59 p.m., OSP and WDFW officers contacted another boat with five fishermen operating without required lighting equipment. The boat only had one personal floatation device onboard. One of the fishermen whose name is not available had an outstanding warrant out of Washington State for Fail to Appear - DUII. The wanted adult male was arrested by WDFW and also transferred to another officer on shore for lodging in a Washington jail. Several citations were also issued for boating-related violations.


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