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Salem Man Arrested After Leaving Kids in Car Attempting to Elude Officers
07/16/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
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(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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A Salem-area man was arrested by Oregon State Police (OSP) early Thursday morning after he attempted to elude a state, county and city officers with his two small children inside his car. The man stopped in front of his residence and told the children to run inside the house before he fled on foot prior to his capture.
 
According to OSP Sergeant Derek Bischoff, on July 16, 2009 at approximately 1:00 a.m. an OSP senior trooper had a 1990 Honda Accord pass his stopped location southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 259 at 90 mph. The trooper caught up to the Honda as it took the off ramp at exit 258 and attempted to stop it. The driver failed to yield and attempted to elude the trooper, and eventually also Salem police and Marion County deputies, on city streets at speeds estimated around 60 mph for about eight miles.
 
The Honda came to stop in the middle of the street in front of 2155 Nando Street where the driver fled on foot with the trooper and other officers behind him. The driver, later identified as FERNANDO LUA MALDONADO, age 33, ran for about two blocks and tried to scale a fence when the trooper overtook him. MALDONADO briefly resisted arrest before being taken into custody.
 
Officers found two boys inside the car, ages 5 and 7, who said their father told them he was going to stop in front of their home and run away. They were also told to run into the house after the car stopped but they stayed inside and didn't run.
 
MALDONADO was transported to Marion County Jail and lodged on the following charges:
  • Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
  • Reckless Driving
  • Recklessly Endangering Another Person (2 counts)
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude on Foot
 
The two boys were released to their mother who was inside their home at the time of the arrest.