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Driver Arrested Following Attempt to Elude, Crash into McMinnville PD Car
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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A 27-year old man was arrested Sunday morning following a multi-agency involved attempt to elude during which the man's vehicle struck an unoccupied McMinnville police vehicle on Highway 18.
DAREN CHRISTOPHER PAYNE, age 27, from Tualatin, was lodged in Yamhill County Jail on the following charges:
  • Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
  • Attempted Assault in the First Degree
  • Kidnap in the Second Degree
  • Reckless Driving
  • Recklessly Endangering Another Person (7 counts)
  • Hit & Run Involving Property Damage
  • (Additional charges pending)
On January 24, 2010 at approximately 10:39 a.m. Oregon State Police (OSP) was notified that Tillamook County Sheriff's Office had a 1992 Ford Explorer attempting to elude a deputy on Highway 22 from Highway 101. The incident originated with an attempted traffic stop for a speed violation. OSP troopers and deputies from Yamhill and Polk counties moved into position to assist. The Tillamook County deputy discontinued the attempt to stop the eluding vehicle at the Tillamook / Yamhill County line.
Shortly thereafter, Yamhill and Polk County deputies spotted the Ford Explorer on Highway 22 and it again attempted to elude onto Highway 18 eastbound where an OSP trooper took the lead near milepost 24 at Fort Hill.
The Ford Explorer, driven by PAYNE, continued eastbound recklessly at 80 – 100 mph for about 20 miles. A McMinnville police officer successfully deployed spike strips about two miles west of McMinnville. After running over the spike strips the Ford crossed over the westbound lane and collided with the stopped, unoccupied McMinnville police car on the north side shoulder.
The Ford continued eastbound as the driver side tires disintegrated down to the rims. It exited on the west end of McMinnville and then pulled into an area parking lot where it stopped.
At 11:25 a.m., PAYNE and two females, ages 27 and 39, were detained. PAYNE was arrested on the charges noted above. The two females were later released.
The kidnap charge is related to allegations by the 39-year old female who said she was picked up by PAYNE while hitchhiking. PAYNE refused to let her out even though she said she asked several times while he was attempting to elude police.