A Hermiston man wanted on a charge of eluding police during a traffic stop last month was arrested at Walmart for various drug and firearm-related charges.

Hermiston police recovered a loaded .357 Ruger revolver and 6 ounces of Methamphetamine from Ramon Delacruz Puerta, 31, in the Walmart parking lot on Friday at about 1:44 a.m.

Puerta gave police a false name and date of birth, according to a Hermiston police report.

Puerta was arrested on several charges including allegedly attempting to elude police on foot during a traffic stop last month, possession of methamphetamine, felon with possession of a firearm and providing false information to a police officer.

During the arrest, police collected methamphetamine in a small plastic bag of meth from Puerta, police said. The substances were logged into evidence to be sent to the Oregon State Police crime lab.

Police had been looking for Delacruz since early September after he allegedly ran from police during a traffic stop on Sept. 9 in the area of East Elm Avenue. Puerta was driving a Ford pickup at the time. A records check of at the time revealed Puerta had an outstanding warrant for his arrest as well as violation citations for driving while his license was suspended, according to a police report.

In other traffic stop-related arrests, Hermiston PD arrested two men during a traffic stop early Sunday morning.

Hermiston police stopped three men in a black 2001 Lincoln Navigator at about 1:15 a.m in the area of Northwest Eucalypytus Drive and West Dusk Drive. Open beer containers were found in the vehicle, police said.

According to a police report, once the officer got close to the vehicle, the driver and a passenger fled the scene on foot.

Aurelio Rosas Canare, 21, of Hermiston, was found to be a subject with a warrant, according to a police report. Michael Osvaldo Cervantes, 18, also of Hermiston, was arrested on a charge of attempting to destroy evidence, according to a police report. Both were lodged at Umatilla County Jail. Eric Sanchez, also a passenger, was cited for open container and released.

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