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Wrong-way chase and arrest

Hood River Police Officer Eme Delancy explains charges to Eric Murphy, 18, a Washington resident, following a vehicle chase and Murphy’s arrest Monday on the Heights.

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Hood River Police Officer Eme Delancy explains charges to Eric Murphy, 18, a Washington resident, following a vehicle chase and Murphy’s arrest Monday on the Heights.

Hood River Police Officer Eme Delancy explains charges to Eric Murphy, 18, a Washington resident, following a vehicle chase and Murphy’s arrest Monday on the Heights. Other officers and Hood River County Sheriff’s deputies assisted. Delancy observed “suspicious behavior” in Murphy and his three passengers, including driving 3 mph on 12th Street, in the afternoon incident. Delancy signaled Murphy to stop, but he said Murphy “panicked, made an evasive maneuver onto Taylor Street and in his panic made a left (heading north) on 13th. He was heading down the hill, at which point he was a danger to himself and other passengers, as well as everyone on the roadway,” Delancy said. “He was intently trying to get away, and he made a quick turn on Montello and almost hit the curb, and then he stopped.” Murphy was charged with attempt to elude, reckless driving, three counts of reckless endangerment, and unlawful possession of methamphetamine, in addition to failure to carry and a driver’s license and driving while uninsured. Murphy’s Washington license is suspended. The passengers, males aged 16, 17, and 19, were detained but not charged.



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