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Tualatin Man Arrested After Going 130 MPH near Baker City
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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A Tualatin-area man was arrested by Oregon State Police (OSP) Friday morning for reckless driving after an OSP trooper stopped him for going 130 mph on Interstate 84 in the Baker City area. A passenger was cited and released on a marijuana-related charge after officers found a bong pipe stuffed in the front of his pants.
On February 8, 2008 at approximately 8:50 a.m., OSP Senior Trooper Bob Hereau was eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 304 when he checked a westbound black 2000 Ford Mustang at 130 mph. Senior Trooper Hereau was able to quickly change directions and overtook the car near milepost 298 after it had to slow for other traffic. The car was stopped and its driver, BLADIMIR RODRIGUEZ ABARCA, age 22, from Tualatin, told the trooper he was returning to the Portland area for a pending court appearance.

RODRIGUEZ ABARCA was arrested and lodged in Baker County Jail for Reckless Driving. He was also cited for Exceeding the Posted Speed in Excess of 100 mph to wit: 130 mph in a 65 mph Interstate Speed Zone, and No Vehicle License.
As officers were contacting his brother-in-law passenger, MATTHEW NORIEGA, age 23, from New Mexico, they noticed something unusual. Closer examination led to the discovery of a bong pipe stuffed in the front of his pants below his waistline. A small amount of marijuana was also found and he was cited for Possession of less than an Ounce of Marijuana.
The car was towed and impounded. Senior Trooper Hereau discovered it was displaying an Oregon temporary trip permit issued for a different vehicle.
Oregon State Police were assisted by local and federal law enforcement officers in the area.