Man claims he sped away from Stanfield police to make it home for Thanksgiving
STANFIELD, Ore. - Police have arrested a man who claims he ran away from police to get home for Thanksgiving.
Stanfield police tried to stop a car around 1 a.m., Thursday before the driver sped off. The car had made an improper lane change and police noticed the license plate did not match the vehicle.
The officer followed the driver who lost control around a corner and slid towards a ditch, but was able to gain control back and drove through a stop sign and almost crashed into a yard.
Just a minute after the pursuit began, the driver lost control again while taking a corner too fast and went through a fence and into a ditch with cold water near Edwards and Ash Road. Reports said the driver then got out of the car and ran into some bushes.
Police found him hiding in bushes a short time later. SPD reports said when officers asked the driver why he ran, he responded by saying he was trying to make it home for Thanksgiving.
They arrested the driver, identified as 40-year-old Daryl Scott Fredrickson of Umatilla, according to reports.
SPD officers said Fredirckson is staying at Umatilla County Jail after medics at the Good Shepherd checked out some minor injuries from the crash.
His charges include attempting to elude the police, reckless driving, and criminal mischief.