A five-block car chase ends in a dramatic crash; Police discover suspects burglarized home
Hermiston, Ore. – A five-block car chase in Hermiston ended in a dramatic crash.
On May 14, Sunday morning, Deputies say they noticed a gray Toyota Corolla leaving the driveway of the home.
Sheriff Terry Rowen said, “the vehicle didn't have license plates on it so the deputy immediately turned on the vehicle to make a traffic stop.”
Deputies say the vehicle then started driving, hitting speeds as high as 70 mph in a 25 mile an hour zone.
“Prior to anything else occurring, my deputy made the right decision deactivating his emergency equipment, in hopes the vehicle would just slow down,” said Rowen.
But instead the car ended up crashing into a building on Main Street and 5th in the Hermiston area.
Deputies noticed three people in the vehicle, one woman and two men.
Two males described as stocky built, fled from the scene on foot, as did the female.
However, the deputy was able to arrest the woman identified as Amanda Clawson.
Clawson is now in the Umatilla County Jail and faces several charges.
After searching the car, deputies found meth, stolen property, including two hand guns, a large metal safe, jewelry, and cash all belongings of the Merit family.
Burglary victim, Connie Merit said drawers were taken out, quilts were thrown and until now the Merits continue to discover missing items.
Sheriff's deputies continue to investigate, two men who are still on the run and two guns that are still missing.