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Madras Man Arrested Following Near One Mile Foot Chase, Attempt to Hide in Canal
Sergeant Paul Collinsworth
Oregon State Police - Bend
(541) 388-6213 ext. 220

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An Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper arrested a Madras-area man Friday morning on multiple charges after he crashed into a guardrail and fled on foot while being interviewed. The trooper chased the man on foot for about one mile before it ended and he was caught trying to hide in a muddy empty canal. Charges included DUII and Failing to Register as a Sex Offender.
On January 1, 2010, at about 11:00 a.m. OSP Trooper Jed Rzegocki responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 97 approximately four miles south of Madras. Investigation revealed that GILBERTO RIVERA-VILLARREAL, age 29, from Madras, was operating a 1998 Honda Accord when he lost control and struck a guardrail.
While being interviewed by the trooper and his involvement in the crash, RIVERA-VILLARREAL fled on foot. He tried to elude the trooper on foot for approximately 3/4-1 mile through several farm fields. His attempt to avoid arrest ended next to an empty canal as he attempted to hide in some mud.
RIVERA-VILLARREAL was taken into custody by Rzegocki and lodged at the Jefferson County Jail on the following charges:
  • DUII
  • Reckless Driving
  • Recklessly Endangering Another Person (x4)
  • ID Theft
  • Forgery in the First Degree
  • Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude on Foot
  • Fail to Perform Initial Sex Offender Registration
  • Fail to Perform Annual Sex Offender Registration