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State Park Ranger Helps Police Arrest Columbia Gorge Car Clout Suspects
10/23/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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An alert Oregon State Parks ranger helped Oregon State Police (OSP) locate and arrest two people suspected of breaking into a vehicle at a Columbia Gorge-area trailhead parking lot Wednesday afternoon. The suspects were found after the park ranger's vehicle and license plate description provided to OSP helped police stop and arrest the pair near Troutdale.
 
On October 22, 2008 at approximately 5:45 p.m. Oregon State Parks Ranger Andre Mombourquette drove into the Angels Rest trailhead parking lot in Bridal Veil and saw a window had been broken out of an unoccupied Toyota Corolla. The ranger made note of a maroon 1992 Ford Aerostar van occupied by a male and female leaving the parking area toward Interstate 84 and called OSP Senior Trooper Ken Poggi on the phone, providing information and the vehicle description.
 
About six minutes later, Senior Trooper Poggi spotted the van westbound on Interstate 84 near Corbett and saw it was being driven in an erratic manner indicating the driver may be intoxicated.
 
The van was stopped as it exited Interstate 84 east of the Sandy River. Officers from Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Troutdale and Fairview police departments arrived to assist OSP.
 
Subsequent investigation led to the arrest of driver DONALD ALLEN WEST, age 55, and passenger MISTY M. WARD, age 39, both from the Portland area. A search of the van led to the discovery of a wallet and credit cards concealed inside the passenger door belonging to the victim associated with the Toyota Corolla.
 
WEST was arrested for:
  • Felony Parole Violation warrant (original charge for Robbery)
  • Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle
  • Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants
  • Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree
  • Attempted Theft in the Second Degree
 
WARD was arrested for:
  • Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree
  • Attempted Theft in the Second Degree
 
Both were transported to Multnomah County Jail.