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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Capture of State Prison Escapee
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
Jennifer Black
Department of Corrections
Public Affairs Administrator
(503) 945-9225

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Marion County S.O.
Oregon State Police
An Oregon State Police trooper arrested a state prison escapee Wednesday afternoon during a traffic stop in the Salem area. Shortly before the traffic stop, the escapee stole a Department of Corrections (DOC) pickup while working as part of an inmate work crew on the grounds outside of the Oregon State Penitentiary.
On June 22, 2011 at approximately 11:50 a.m. OSP Trooper Ray Henschel stopped a white 1990 Dodge pickup on Portland Road just east of Interstate 5 for failure to display a vehicle license plate and failure of an operator to use a safety belt. Henschel contacted the lone occupant and saw he was wearing jeans with the DOC stamp and the shirt was worn inside out. The driver's door also had fresh green spray paint covering the words "INMATE WORK CREW".
When questioned, the driver admitted he was an escaped inmate and had stolen the pickup. Henschel and Senior Trooper Peggy Bishop took the driver, DAVID OLVERA MARTINEZ, age 44, into custody for Escape in the First Degree, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, and misdemeanor Driving While Suspended.
DOC was contacted regarding the arrest and confirmed his escape status.
MARTINEZ, who was sentenced out of Marion County for Robbery in the First Degree, was transported to the Marion County Jail pending transfer back to DOC custody.
Questions for Department of Corrections should be directed to Jennifer Black.