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Payette, ID Man Arrested Following Attempt to Elude in Idaho and Oregon
Lieutenant Richard Pileggi
Oregon State Police - Ontario
Office: (541) 889-6469

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A Payette, Idaho man was arrested early Tuesday morning after he attempted to elude officers in Idaho and Oregon until crashing and being overtaken on foot. In addition to several local charges, he was lodged in Malheur County Jail on numerous Malheur County Circuit Court (MCCC) warrants.
On March 18, 2008 at approximately 1:07 a.m. Oregon State Police (OSP) Senior Trooper Paul Donovan was notified by OSP Southern Command Center dispatch that a black 1998 Ford Explorer was attempting to elude Payette, Idaho police and was entering Oregon on Highway 201. Senior Trooper Donovan overtook the lead at southwest of Ontario at Clark Boulevard and Railroad. The Ford Explorer eventually traveled westbound on Highway 20 toward Vale until losing control and crashing while attempting to turn onto Siphon Drive.
The operator, CORY MICHAEL McLEOD, age 26, from Payette, fled from the vehicle on foot but was overtaken by Senior Trooper Donovan and Payette Officer Mark Navarro a short distance away and arrested.
McLEOD was initially treated a Holy Rosary Hospital for minor injuries sustained in the crash and then lodged in Malheur County Jail on the following charges:
  • Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
  • Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude on Foot
  • Reckless Driving
  • Felony Warrant – Fail to Appear: Contempt of Court (MCCC)
  • Felony Warrant – Fail to Appear: Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine and Felon in Possession of a Weapon (MCCC)
  • Felony Warrant – Fail to Appear in the First Degree (MCCC)
  • Felony Warrant – fail to Appear: Unlawful Manufacturing and Delivery of a Controlled Substance, and Theft in the Second Degree (MCCC)
A passenger in the vehicle was detained and then released after being cited for Minor in Possession of Alcohol.
Questions regarding the initial attempt to elude in Idaho should be referred to Payette Police Department.