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OSP photosIt is truly amazing what some people will do to try to escape the long arm of the law. In this case is started out yesterday morning when an OSP trooper on patrol in Ontario (eastern Oregon) spotted a reported stolen vehicle, a Chevy SUV. The trooper discovered it outside a fast food restaurant on 4th.
When the driver spotted the trooper, he gunned the motor and sped away, jumped the curb and took off down the street. Although the trooper was right behind him the driver was driving so wild and recklessly the trooper terminated the chase for safety reasons. He noted there were two men and a dog in the SUV.
On a tip, officers were directed to some BLM land near Vale where they began to search for the vehicle.
One suspect was discovered several hours later walking in the brush. The male was identified as Jerry E BOATMAN, age 35, of Ontario. Boatman and was arrested for Escape III and for violating parole.
The search continued for the driver of the stolen SUV.
Two hours later a pilot in a search plane spotted the SUV in a ravine. Officers on scene discovered tracks leading from the vehicle. A mile away they found the dog. When called, the dog turned and fled into a large badger hole. After getting the dog out, they could hear a male screaming for help from deep inside the hole. Police discovered, Gregory A MORROW, age 22, of Ontario, was stuck approximately 8 feet underground and couldn’t move. He was feet first in the hole and his arms had gone numb.
Officers quickly grabbed some shovels and after nearly two hours of digging MORROW was freed from the hole and taken into custody after being identified as the driver of the SUV. Morrow was taken to Saint Alphonsus Hospital in Ontario and was treated for minor injuries. Morrow was arrested for parole violation as well. Further charges are pending.
Troopers say MORROW would have likely died from exposure because he was so deeply stuck in the hole.
OSP was assisted by the Ontario Police Department, Malheur County Sheriff’s Office and Vale Fire and Rescue.