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High-speed chase, DUII arrests keep officers busy over holiday weekend

By Rylan Boggs

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on November 29, 2016 12:24PM

John Day Police Chief Richard Gray

John Day Police Chief Richard Gray

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Local police officers were busy this holiday weekend with a high-speed chase involving meth and a stolen vehicle, unruly subjects and motorists driving under the influence.

Following a vehicle chase on Nov. 26, John Day police arrested JT Lee Knutson, 22, of Burns for possession of methamphetamine, two counts of attempting to elude police, first-degree criminal mischief, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and reckless driving. Heather Marie Brown, 27, of Jefferson was also arrested for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, possession of methamphetamine and attempting to elude police.

John Day Police Chief Richard Gray said officers ran the license plate of a Ford four-door pickup, discovered it had been stolen from Baker City and initiated a traffic stop. Brown and Knutson fled in the vehicle and drove south on Highway 395 and then west on Forest Road 16 reaching speeds of 80 mph during the pursuit. Grant County Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted in the pursuit, and the vehicle swerved off the road and struck a power pole, at which time the two fled on foot. Both subjects had felony warrants and were apprehended, and meth was found in the vehicle, Gray said.

On Nov. 25, police arrested Ernest Andrew Chivara, 37, of Chico, California, for driving under the influence, according to dispatch logs, and Grant County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a rollover crash with injuries on Ingle Creek Road and arrested David Edwin Hall, 22, of John Day for driving under the influence of intoxicants.

On Nov. 26, police arrested Joshua Haskins of Prairie City for disorderly conduct after John Day Police Department and Oregon State Police responded to a 911 call of an intoxicated pedestrian with a knife on Highway 26 near milepost 172.5, according to Gray.


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