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Driver Dies in Traffic Crash Attempting to Elude Stanfield Police Officer - Highway 207 in Morrow County

July 18, 2013

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

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A 37-year old Washington man died early Thursday morning when he crashed a stolen vehicle as he attempted to elude a Stanfield Police Officer along Highway 207 southbound near Pine City in Morrow County. The victim had stolen the car about an hour earlier when it was temporarily parked at the Pilot Truck Stop in Stanfield while the driver was delivering newspapers. Oregon State Police (OSP) is investigating the fatal traffic crash at the request of Stanfield Police Department and Morrow County Sheriff's Office.

According to OSP Sergeant Sterling Hall, on July 18, 2013 at approximately 4:13 a.m., a newspaper delivery person stopped at the Pilot Truck Stop in Stanfield, leaving the car unlocked with keys inside as he dropped off USA Today newspapers. While away from the vehicle, someone stole it and drove away.

A Stanfield police officer was called out from his residence to take a report. Shortly after arriving at the truck stop and while taking the report, the stolen vehicle was spotted driving past the truck stop. Officer Mike Elwood got into his patrol car and attempted to stop the stolen vehicle. The driver failed to yield and attempted to elude the officer toward Echo and onto area roads, eventually going southbound on Highway 207.

At approximately 4:44 a.m., as the stolen car fled southbound near milepost 16, the driver failed to negotiate a left downhill curve. The vehicle traveled off the highway and down an embankment where it rolled several times before coming to rest in a dirt field about a hundred feet from the roadway. A Umatilla city police officer arrived on scene shortly after the crash to assist the Stanfield police officer.

The driver. identified as BYRON SCOTT KINCADE, age 37, from Ephrata, Washington, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced deceased at the scene. OSP learned KINCADE was released the previous day from Deschutes County Jail after serving a sentence for crimes including Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. He was on a bus enroute back to Washington State when it stopped at the truck stop and the motor vehicle theft occurred.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Morrow County Sheriff's Office, Stanfield Police Department, Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, and Hermiston Fire & Emergency Services.


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