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Two Suspects Arrested Related to March 22nd Injury Hit-And-Run Investigation - Highway 6 Near Tillamook
Sergeant Lane Hendrickson
Oregon State Police - Tillamook
Office: (503) 842-2899
Secondary Contact:
Lieutenant Kelly Collins
Oregon State Police - Newport
Office: (541) 265-5354 ext. 222

Photograph links valid for 30 days - Source: Marion County Sherriff's Office
Two suspects were arrested Wednesday night by Oregon State Police (OSP) detectives and troopers related to last weekend's multi-injury hit-and-run crash on Highway 6 near Tillamook. No additional information other than what is in this news release is being provided at this time while the investigation is continuing.
As a result of the ongoing investigation and leads developed with the public's help, on March 26, 2008 at approximately 9:45 p.m. detectives and troopers located the two suspects at the Greyhound bus station in Salem. Investigators advised the suspects were planning on leaving the State on a bus the next day when they were arrested. Both suspects were initially held in Marion County Jail and are being transported to Tillamook County Jail where they will be lodged on the following charges pending an appearance in Tillamook County Circuit Court:
ERIC RAMIREZ, age 19, from northeast Portland
* Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants
* Felony Hit-and-Run
* Reckless Driving
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person (7 counts)
* Assault in the Second Degree (7 counts)
* Assault in the Third Degree (7 counts)
* Assault in the Fourth Degree (7 counts)
CARLOS JIMENEZ-BALBOA, age 25, from southeast Portland
* Felony Hit-and-Run
Additional charges may be pending as a result of the ongoing investigation that identified RAMIREZ as the van's driver on March 22nd at the time of the 11:30 p.m. crash from where BALBOA drove away to where the van was found abandoned in Tillamook. Both men reportedly stayed at a Tillamook-area motel during the weekend and arranged for transportation back to the Portland area.
Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888.
Previously released information, photos, and 9-1-1 calls is available on the OSP website news release section at http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/NEWSRL/news/03_24_2008_update_hwy6_hitandrun_audio_photos.shtml