UMATILLA COUNTY, Ore. (KOIN) — A fleeing suspect was seriously injured and then airlifted after 2 Oregon State Police patrol cars intentionally hit his car in Umatilla County.
An OSP trooper tried to stop a speeding Honda around 1:15 a.m. on Fulton Road but the Honda’s driver sped off and tried to elude the trooper, authorities said.
As the driver sped down rural roads, another OSP trooper deployed spike strips, which flattened one of the suspect’s tires. But, authorities said, he kept going into the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
The Honda stopped and a woman passenger got out before the driver sped off again. During this part of the pursuit, authorities said the suspect fired shots that twice hit the pursuing patrol cars.
The 2 OSP troopers managed to strike the Honda near South Market and Tutuilla Church roads. The driver was seriously hurt and was rushed to a Pendleton hospital before being airlifted to a Portland hospital.
The suspect’s name has not been released.
The troopers involved in the incident are on a standard administrative leave during the investigation, which will be led by the Pendleton Police Department.