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Citizen Helps Lead OSP Troopers to Hit & Run Suspect near Tualatin
04/12/2009
Sergeant Dan Swift
Oregon State Police - Portland
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 267

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An Albany-area man is in custody Saturday evening on multiple charges related to a hit and run injury crash on Interstate 5 near Tualatin. The arrest was helped by a citizen who followed the suspect to Washington Square Mall where he was contacted by troopers as he reportedly tried to get a ride out of the parking lot.
 
On April 11, 2009 at about 6:20 p.m. OSP Northern Command Center (NCC) dispatch received numerous calls of a reckless driver traveling northbound on Interstate 5. The callers reported a silver 2004 Ford Escort was traveling in excess of 100 mph, swerving across all lanes and passing on the shoulders, and flipping off other drivers.
 
As OSP was trying to get a trooper in position to stop the Ford, NCC received a call at 6:29 p.m. of a rollover traffic collision northbound at milepost 287. Information reporter the silver Ford struck another car, forcing it into the side barrier where it rolled over. The Ford did not stop as it fled northbound on Interstate 5.
 
Shortly after the report was received of the rollover crash, NCC received a call from a citizen on their cell phone who was behind the Ford. The caller agreed to follow the car so police could intercept it. The Ford was followed to the Washington Square Mall where it pulled into the Sears area parking lot. The driver abandoned the car and began contacting other patrons in the parking lot, apparently trying to get a ride out.
 
OSP Trooper Ted Moisan and Recruit Trooper Kimberly Long arrived and took the suspect into custody without incident. NOEL RUIZ ULEP, age 25, from Albany, was lodged at the Washington County Jail for Felony - Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver Involved in a Traffic Crash (Felony); DUII; Assault in the Third Degree (2 counts); Reckless Driving; Reckless Endangering Another Person (2 Counts); and, Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree (2 Counts).
 
The two occupants of the 2002 Honda Accord struck involved in the collision with the suspect were transported to Meridian Park Hospital with minor injuries. They are identified as driver JAMES EDWARD DAVIDSON, age 86, from Woodburn, and passenger SHIRLEY BAUMGARDNER, age 71, from Woodburn.