A wanted man eluded police for the second time in less than two weeks, and authorities are warning he could be armed and dangerous.
Police suspended the search for Naythan Olney, 36, Wednesday afternoon after spending much of the day looking for him near Umatilla.
On Wednesday shortly before 9 a.m. a caller reported seeing Olney at 78626 Agnew Road, Hermiston. He is wanted from a Feb. 24 incident in which he fled a traffic stop in Hermiston in a stolen vehicle, injuring officer Doug Gill in the process.
Umatilla County sheriff’s deputy Chris Daugherty responded to the call Wednesday, according to a new release from the sheriff’s office, and set up near the house while he waited for backup.
As Daugherty waited, Olney sped away from the house in a stolen white 2017 Chevy Silverado, the release said.
Daugherty gave chase down Agnew and Westland roads with his lights flashing, and Olney drove the Silverado through a field onto Bridge Road headed west, where Daugherty was unable to follow.
A Umatilla police officer found the vehicle soon after and picked up the pursuit, which again went off road through crop circles off Powerline Road and toward Interstate 82.
Olney abandoned the truck near milepost 2 and went on foot toward the Umatilla River.
Multiple agencies set up a perimeter and began a foot search, and shortly after the sheriff’s office drone was deployed to scour the area.
Both Umatilla High School and Clara Brownell Middle School were locked out during the early parts of the search as a precaution, according to superintendent Heidi Sipe.
Olney was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, plaid shirt and a ball cap. The Silverado, reported stolen out of Morrow County, has been recovered and is being processed.
Umatilla County Sheriff’s Sgt. Josh Roberts said Olney must have either hunkered down in the thick brush by the river or gotten through before police could set up on the other side.
Olney has been known to carry a handgun, according to the press release, and anyone who spots him should not approach him but call 911 immediately.
He has a criminal history for theft in Clackamas County dating back to 1998, according to state records, and a pending case for auto theft in Umatilla County from November 2017. He was also an honor roll student at Blue Mountain Community College for three terms in 2014 and 2015.