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Four Killed in Crash During Oregon Police Chase

Associated Press

October 01, 2010

WARM SPRINGS, Ore. — A vehicle that may have contained burglary suspects zoomed away from an officer at a traffic stop but minutes later crashed broadside into an oncoming tribal police car, killing three adults and a child, authorities said Thursday.

The collision late Wednesday happened just east of the rural Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Central Oregon, authorities said.

A Warm Springs officer was hospitalized with broken bones. A second child from the fleeing vehicle was hospitalized. Names of the dead and injured are expected to be released Friday, authorities said.

A deputy stopped the vehicle on U.S. 26 after witnesses in the nearby town of Madras reported it had been used to flee a burglary where shots were fired, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said.

As the deputy walked up to the vehicle, however, it pulled away into the dark and was quickly out of sight, the sheriff’s office account said.

The deputy returned to his vehicle, gave chase and within a mile and a half came on the crashed vehicles.

The traffic stop followed a business burglary earlier in the evening at a business in Madras, about 10 miles southeast, said sheriff’s Sgt. Bryan Skidgel.

He said the city’s police department is investigating, but the reported shots did not involve officers and nobody was hit. The police department wouldn’t provide further details.

The State Police said its investigation showed the fleeing vehicle went out of control and slid sideways into the oncoming lane, smashing into the Warm Springs car. Skidgel said the tribal officer had been on the way to provide backup for the sheriff’s deputy at the traffic stop.

The crash site is on a long descent into the canyon of the Deschutes River, which forms the county-reservation boundary. Police said the grade, about 4.5 percent at the crash site, isn’t believed to have contributed to the collision.

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.


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    LAWMANTUKES

    over 3 years ago

    6950 Comments

    While I'm sorry for the loss of life, I am especially sadden that children were not regarded to by the fleeing wreckless Adults that in my opinion; "MURDERED THEM...!!@#$$%%$##@!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

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    DDemlong

    over 3 years ago

    2238 Comments

    innocent people dont run... sad that the kid and other officer were injured, I hope for a fast recovery

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    MeanStreets949

    over 3 years ago

    2318 Comments

    Sad situation all the way around.

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    djs2v

    over 3 years ago

    5628 Comments

    Prayers for a speedy recovery for the officer.

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    Jonas

    over 3 years ago

    41138 Comments

    Quick recovery Officer.

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    rsironron

    over 3 years ago

    5220 Comments

    A speedy recovery to the officer.

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    Whalewatcher

    over 3 years ago

    10908 Comments

    Bump Top_Cat !!

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    I agree don't run I don't think the cops will
    let you stop an fill your tank up.

  • shadow_officer

    over 3 years ago

    8558 Comments

    dont run

  • shadow_officer

    over 3 years ago

    8558 Comments

    hope the officer recovers.....and they shldnt run....u hear to many times of ppl running from the POlice...and ppl dying , doing it....sucks to be them...

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    Robocop33

    over 3 years ago

    14600 Comments

    Hope the Officer recovers quickly and completely. If any adult survied then he or she should be charged with murder of those that died in the crash.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Fresh pursuits are a risky risky undertaking. If they go well, officers look like heroes. If they go south, lives, careers, and reputations end. Always make sure to get the description, plates, direction to dispatch so they can COORDINATE other units and agencies to get involved...especially air support.

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    t1401hm

    over 3 years ago

    1754 Comments

    LOL Curedgirls

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    t1401hm

    over 3 years ago

    1754 Comments

    They wanted to have their day in court right away. The verdict was guilty and they carried out their own sentences...the big dummies

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    curedgirls

    over 3 years ago

    3622 Comments

    a burglary,shots fired, a car chase and children in the vehicle ? Great parenting skills.

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