Hermiston police Cpl. Doug Gill was injured after two suspects dragged him under a vehicle after a traffic stop Saturday.
Hermiston police Cpl. Leonard Stokoe at about 3 a.m. Saturday stopped a 2014 Toyota Camry for a minor traffic violation near the intersection of Northeast Third Street and East Gladys Avenue, according to a written statement from police Lt. Randy Studebaker. The officer reviewed documents from the driver, Nathan Olney, 36, of Hermiston, and learned the car had the wrong license plates.
“Suspecting the vehicle was stolen, he called for backup,” Studebaker stated, and Cpl. Doug Gill arrived.
Stokoe and Gill tried to detain Olney and passenger Lucia Madrigal, 30, of Boardman. The vehicle sped away and Gill became entangled on its passenger side.
“He was dragged for approximately 30 yards before being thrown free,” Studebaker reported.
Stokoe stayed to help Gill, and the suspects escaped.
Gill received 15 to 20 stitches at Good Shepherd Medical Center, Hermiston, where medical staff also removed glass from his skin before releasing him. Police Chief Jason Edmiston said Gill would return to work Wednesday.
Police soon found the vehicle, which contained stolen tools and electronics from a burglary outside the city, according to Studebaker. Officers then “developed information that Olney may be armed with a handgun.”
The Morrow County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday afternoon arrested Madrigal and booked her into the Umatilla County Jail, Pendleton, for possession of a stolen vehicle, first-degree criminal mischief (vandalism) and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
“We are still trying to locate Nathan Olney,” according to Studebaker. “We believe that he is armed, and we are asking the public to call 911 or 541-567-5519 if they have information about his location.”