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Man Arrested Following Attempt to Elude, Ramming of Patrol Car, and Resisting Arrest in Pendleton Area
09/26/2008
Lieutenant Greg Sherman
Oregon State Police - Pendleton
Office: (541) 278-4090

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A Sunnyside, Washington man was arrested Friday morning by Oregon State Police (OSP) and Pendleton police after he stole a 1951 Chevrolet two-ton flatbed dump truck and attempted to elude officers before ramming an OSP patrol car. The man was taken into custody after attempting to flee on foot and resisting arrest.
 
On September 26, 2008 at approximately 6:50 a.m. ROBERT LEE MINOR, age 54, from Sunnyside, Washington stole a 1951 Chevrolet flatbed dump truck from a business located along Interstate 84 about five miles west of Pendleton. The vehicle's owner followed the stolen vehicle as MINOR drove westbound on Interstate 84, crossed the median and headed eastbound back toward Pendleton. According to witnesses, MINOR tried to crash into four other vehicles but their drivers were able to avoid a collision.
 
OSP Trooper Rick Madsen caught up to the stolen vehicle near milepost 206 and attempted to stop it, but the suspect refused and continued driving at slow speeds. Pendleton police deployed stop sticks near milepost 207 where one tire drove over the stop sticks, but MINOR continued to drive about two more miles and took the eastbound exit 209 off ramp and ran a red light before stopping.
 
Trooper Madsen and Pendleton Officer Gomez exited their patrol cars and were giving MINOR verbal commands when he put the stolen vehicle into reverse and rammed the OSP patrol car.
 
MINOR refused commands to surrender and attempted to flee on foot. Trooper Madsen and Officer Gomez overtook MINOR and took him into custody despite his attempts to punch the officers.
 
MINOR refused medical treatment and was transported to Umatilla County Jail where he was lodged on the following charges:
  • Attempted Assault in the First Degree (two counts)
  • Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
  • Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude on Foot
  • Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
  • Hit & Run (two counts)
  • Assaulting a Public Safety Officer (two counts)
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Reckless Driving (six counts)
  • Recklessly Endangering Another Person (five counts)
 
Trooper Madsen and Officer Gomez both received minor injuries during the struggle with MINOR. They were treated and released.