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OSP Traffic Stop Near Eugene Leads to Arrest of Suspect Wanted Following Elude on Southern Oregon Coast
10/23/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
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(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
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A traffic stop south of Eugene by an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper led to the arrest of a passenger who two days earlier eluded OSP and other law enforcement officers near the Oregon/California border along the coast. The alert trooper recognized the wanted man who was the subject of a Friday evening OSP news release and media reports.
 
On October 22, 2011 at approximately 9:00 p.m. Trooper Cale Day stopped a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by ALVARO AGUILAR CONTRERAS, age 26, for a speed violation northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 187. While contacting the driver, Trooper Day saw the pickup contained five other passengers including a male subject who matched the description and photograph of EDUARDO RAMOS, age 22. RAMOS, who is from Smith River, California, was the subject of a Friday evening OSP news release and photograph distribution after he eluded OSP and other law enforcement officers from the Curry County, Oregon and Del Norte County, California areas Thursday night.
 
When Trooper Day asked the male passenger for his name he initially provided a false name and date of birth. Trooper Day contacted Trooper Jess Oliver, whom RAMOS had previously eluded from Thursday night. Their phone conversations during the course of the stop led to positively identifying RAMOS.
 
RAMOS was arrested and lodged in the Lane County Jail on an outstanding Parole Violation warrant out of Curry County. He was also cited for Furnishing False Information to a Police Officer. Additional charges are pending related to Thursday night's incident.
 
AGUILAR CONTRERAS was cited and released for the speed violation.
 
The other occupants, RAMOS' fiancé and mother, and two juveniles, were not cited for any violations.
 
The incident for which RAMOS was sought by OSP occurred October 20, 2011 at approximately 10:06 p.m. when Trooper Oliver attempted to stop a white 1993 Jeep Cherokee displaying California license plates after spotting it traveling 104 mph on Highway 101 near milepost 362 near Brookings. The Jeep's driver failed to yield and attempted to elude the trooper recklessly southbound at speeds between 60 - 90 mph.
 
Shortly after crossing into California near Smith River, the Jeep slowed and its driver got out while the Jeep was still moving. The driver, later identified as EDUARDO RAMOS, age 22, from Smith River, California fled on foot near the Sunset by the Sea Trailer Park. The vehicle continued over an embankment into a field where it stopped.
 
Oliver chased RAMOS on foot through the trailer park and back toward Highway 101. Oliver ended the foot chase and awaited officers from California Highway Patrol, Del Norte County, California Sheriff's Office, Curry County Sheriff's Office, and a K-9 team from Brookings Police Department. The area search failed to find RAMOS.