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Service Station Attendant's Call Helps OSP Find and Arrest Eluding Motorcyclist
Lieutenant Kelly Collins
Oregon State Police - Newport
Office: (541) 265-5354

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A service station attendant in the Salem area played a key role in helping an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper locate and arrest a 19-year old Tualatin male Wednesday night near Toledo after he attempted to elude the trooper on his motorcycle. The motorcycle operator was arrested by the trooper after crashing while attempting to elude.
On April 16, 2008 at 7:35 p.m., OSP Northern Command Center dispatch received a call from a Salem-area Union 76 station attendant reporting a motorcycle operator had just stopped at the gas station and while there stated he had just eluded the police. Before leaving, the motorcycle operator said he was headed to Toledo and was going to stay off Interstate 5 to avoid detection by the police.
The alert station attendant provided detailed description of the motorcycle, license plate, and operator to the OSP dispatcher. The information was then forwarded to OSP troopers working west from the Salem area toward the coast.
At 9:02 p.m., OSP Senior Trooper Greg Plummer saw a similar motorcycle westbound on Highway 20 near milepost 12. While attempting to get in position to read the license plate and see if it was the previously reported motorcycle, it sped up to about 90 mph. Senior Trooper Plummer activated the patrol car emergency lights and siren as the 1992 Suzuki motorcycle sped up to 110 mph in a 55 mph speed zone near milepost 10.
The eluding motorcyclist continued westbound to the east Toledo junction, subsequently lost control rounding a left curve near Burgess Road, and struck a curb. The operator was separated from the motorcycle onto the highway but was able to get up and try to run westbound for a short distance before stopping, throwing his arms up in the air and surrendering.
AUSTIN LOUIS ARRAMBIDE, age 19, from Tualatin, was taken into custody and initially treated at the scene for minor injuries by Pacific West Ambulance and Toledo Fire and Rescue. He was then taken to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital for additional treatment before being released to Senior Trooper Plummer.
ARRAMBIDE was lodged in Lincoln County Jail for Felony Attempt to Elude a Police Officer on a Vehicle and Reckless Driving. He was also cited for Violation of the Basic Rule to wit: 110 mph in a 55 mph speed zone, and Driving Uninsured.
Toledo Police Department provided additional assistance during this incident.
OSP is checking to see if ARRAMBIDE is a suspect in an attempt to elude from officers in the Salem area as earlier bragged about to the service station attendant.