Suspects on the run after car slams into building; guns found inside
UMATILLA COUNTY. Ore. -- Sheriff's Deputies are searching for two people who ran from the scene of a car that crashed into a building; leaving drugs, guns and a fake hand grenade behind in Hermiston on Sunday morning.
According to the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, a deputy witnessed a driver of a gray Toyota Corolla behaving suspiciously. The deputy chased the vehicle through residential and commercial streets before authorities say it crashed into a building at 495 East Main Street.
According to a release, the deputy witnessed three people, two men and one woman, run from the crash scene. The deputy managed to catch 35 year-old Amanda Lynn Clawson.
Investigators say Clawson admitted that she was driving the vehicle. She said she tried to elude Deputy Rankin because one of her passengers told her he had a warrant. Clawson would not identify her two passengers. Clawson told Deputy Rankin she had methamphetamine in her purse, and that there were firearms inside her vehicle. Deputy Rankin located approximately 1/8th ounce of suspected methamphetamine and several ounces of marijuana in the vehicle. He also saw two handguns, a large metal safe, assorted jewelry
He also located a device that appeared to be a hand grenade. Members of the Oregon State Police Explosives Unit arrived and safely took possession of the device, which they determined to be a non-explosive, fake device.
Clawson was lodged in the Umatilla County Jail and faces several charges. The two other suspects are at large, and the investigation is continuing.