Suspect on the loose after fleeing law enforcement in a stolen pickup
UMATILLA COUNTY, Ore. — Umatilla deputies are actively searching for a suspect who is at large after reports said he drove from police in a reckless manner. Investigators have found a stolen vehicle he was driving, but not the driver.
A deputy headed to 78626 Agnew Rd. in Hermiston on a possible sighting of wanted man, 36-year-old Naythan Olney, Wednesday morning.
The suspect is wanted after Hermiston police said he dragged and injured an officer during an attempted arrest on suspicion of driving a stolen vehicle.
While the deputy waited for backup, the suspect sped away from the home in a 2017 white Chevy Silverado pickup, according to Umatilla County Sheriff's Office (UCSO) reports.
The deputy followed and tried to pull him over, but Olney reportedly drove off the road and into an open field, then onto Bridge Road heading west.
A Umatilla police officer then found the pickup and followed it, but the suspect went off road again and eventually drove through the circles off Powerline Rd and headed toward the interstate.
Reports said the suspect left the stolen vehicle in the area of I-82 at milepost 2 and ran toward the river. Investigators have found the vehicle.
Law enforcement from multiple agencies searched for Olney, who was last seen wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, white/blue/green plaid shirt and a ball cap.
Umatilla County deputies stopped searching for him on foot around 11:13 a.m. and started using the UCSO drone.
This suspect has been known to carry a gun, according to authorities.
Anyone who sees Olney is asked not to approach him and instead call 9-1-1.
The following is a previous report from the Hermiston Police Department.
On 02/24/2018, at about 3 a.m., Hermiston Police stopped a 2014 Toyota Camry for a minor traffic violation, near the intersection of NE 3rd Street and E Gladys Avenue. Upon reviewing the documents provided by the alleged driver, Nathan Olney, the officer learned the car had switched license plates. Suspecting the vehicle was stolen, he called for backup and a second officer arrived.
The officers were attempting to detain Olney and his alleged passenger, Lucia Madrigal, when the vehicle sped away. The backup officer became entangled on the passenger side of the suspect vehicle. He was dragged for approximately 30 yards before being thrown free. The first officer stayed to help his partner, instead of chasing the suspects, and the suspects were able to escape.
The backup officer was taken to Good Shepherd Health Care System by paramedics from Umatilla County Fire District #1. He was treated and released after receiving 15 to 20 stitches and having glass removed from his skin.
Officers found the vehicle, abandoned, a short while later. They searched the car and found it contained stolen tools and electronics from a burglary that occurred outside the City of Hermiston. Officers also developed information that Olney may be armed with a handgun.
Anybody with information about this case, or the location of these individuals, is asked to call 911, or the Hermiston Police non-emergency number, which is 541-567-5519.
This is a developing story. Information will be updated as available.