Probably the first time we've ever heard of this happening.  Hermiston Police and Umatilla County Deputies now say the reason they chased a wanted suspect over the Columbia River into Washington is because of the seriousness of his crime spree.

Tuesday morning, a vehicle carrying a wanted suspect was seen driving in Hermiston around 8:35AM.  The wanted man was 29-year-old Javier Noe Matinez of Umatilla, wanted on several outstanding warrants for sex crimes. The vehicle was driven by 29-year-old Deanna Tinker, address not listed.

Martinez saw the Police units approaching and proceeded to reach over, open Tinker's drivers-side door, and push her out while they were moving. He then jumped into her seat and sped away at a high rate of speed.

One unit stopped to help her and call for an ambulance, no word on her condition. Other Umatilla County Deputies proceeded to lay out spike strips, but Martinez kept going across the I-82 bridge into Washington. Deputies and Hermiston Police pursued him across the border then assistance from the Washington State Patrol arrived.

Martinez finally came to a stop when his disabled car died near the overpass at Coffin Road just south of Kennewick. Hermiston units arrested him and turned him over to WSP. He's facing not only the Oregon sex crime warrants, but a slew of speeding, theft, eluding and drug charges for meth as well.


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