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Three Idaho Residents Arrested in Union County Following Attempt to Elude in Stolen Pickup
04/29/2012
Sergeant Kyle Hove
Oregon State Police - La Grande/Enterprise
(541) 963-7175 ext. 4611

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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Union County Sheriff's Office, arrested three men from Idaho following an attempt to elude in stolen vehicle from officers near La Grande in Union County.
 

According to Sergeant Kyle Hove, on April 29, 2012 at approximately 10:21 a.m. an OSP trooper stopped a 1990 Chevrolet Silverado pickup for a speed violation westbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 270. The pickup's driver, SHANE R.J. SAWYER, age 19, from Caldwell, Idaho, was detained after OSP discovered the pickup was entered in NCIC (National Crime Information Center) computer database about 10 minutes before the stop as a stolen vehicle out of Caldwell.
 
When the trooper detained SAWYER, the center passenger identified later as KENNETH DALE BORT, age 20, from Caldwell, took control of the pickup and fled with another passenger from the traffic stop. Troopers pulled back onto the freeway continuing attempts to stop the pickup as it fled at high speeds for more than 20 miles.
 
As the pickup approached the town of Union on Highway 203, OSP backed off and terminated the attempt to keep the vehicle in sight due to its hazardous operation and high speeds.
 
At approximately 10:48 a.m. the pickup and two occupants were located in the town of Union. They were taken into custody about ten minutes later with the help of Union County Sheriff's Office. No injuries reported and approximately 30 feet of ODOT fence was damaged during the early stages of the incident.
 

SAWYER was lodged in the Union County Jail on the following charges:
 
* Fugitive from Justice (warrant for Contempt of Court out of Canyon County, Idaho)
* Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
* Unauthorized Entry of a Motor Vehicle
* Providing False Information to Police in Lieu of a Citation
* Minor in Possession of an Alcoholic Beverage
* He was also cited to appear for four traffic violations

 
BORT, the passenger and second driver, lodged in the Union County Jail on the following charges:
* Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
* Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude on Foot
* Reckless Driving
* Reckless Endangering Another Person
* Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree
* Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
* Unauthorized Entry of a Motor Vehicle
* Providing False Information to Police in Lieu of a Citation
* Minor in Possession of an Alcoholic Beverage
* He was also cited to appear for three traffic violations

 
The third passenger, PEDRO M. OREGON, age 19, from Nampa, Idaho, was lodged in the Union County Jail on the following charges:
* Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude on Foot
* Unauthorized Entry of a Motor Vehicle
* Minor in Possession of an Alcoholic Beverage
* He was also cited for two traffic violations