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Wanted Felon Arrested Following Standoff in The Dalles
08/07/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
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Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers and The Dalles Police Department officers took a dangerous felon into custody Wednesday night after a series of eludes during a 2 1/2 week period in the Wasco County area. The arrest came following a nearly six hour standoff with the man while he concealed himself inside a residence.
 
On August 6, 2008 at approximately 9:30 p.m., VICTOR BYRON FREDDIE SNELL, age 27, from The Dalles, was taken into custody when officers armed with a search warrant entered a residence in the 1700 block of East 10th Street. SNELL surrendered to officers without incident with the assistance of a Skamania County, Washington Sheriff's Department K-9 unit.
 
Earlier that day at about 3:45 p.m. an OSP sergeant and senior trooper were conducting surveillance at a residence in the 700 block of West 17th Street where a vehicle associated with SNELL was parked. Officers spotted SNELL exit the house and get into the vehicle with a female, then drive away with the OSP officers following. SNELL spotted the officers and recklessly attempted to elude them until they lost sight about three minutes later. Shortly thereafter, a The Dalles police officer spotted the vehicle parked at the East 10th Street location with the female passenger inside and body armor in the unoccupied driver's seat.
 
Additional OSP and The Dalles Police Department officers responded to the scene and secured the area around the residence. A search warrant was obtained and served leading to SNELL's arrest.
 
SNELL was the subject of an extensive investigation into a series of incidents beginning July 20th when he eluded an OSP senior trooper from an attempted traffic stop on Highway 197 across the Columbia River into Dallesport, Washington. During this incident, SNELL drove head-on at an OSP sergeant's patrol car that had to swerve out of the fleeing car's path to avoid a collision at a high rate of speed.
 
SNELL allegedly was the driver of a second vehicle on evening of August 1st that eluded the OSP sergeant during an attempted speed-related traffic stop on Highway 197 near milepost 27. SNELL, driving a pickup later determined to be stolen, attempted to elude OSP and a Wasco County Sheriff's Office deputy into the Tygh Valley area where he drove into a field until running into a dry creek bed and disabling the pickup. SNELL fled on foot and was identified as the driver in the follow up investigation. A long-barrel firearm was found inside the pickup when it was searched.
 
Following last night's arrest, SNELL was lodged in the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility on the following charges:
  • Felon in Possession of Body Armor
  • Felon in Possession of a Firearm
  • Recklessly Endangering Another Person (4 counts)
  • Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle (3 counts)
  • Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
  • Reckless Driving
  • Probation Violation
 
Investigation is continuing.