Oregon State Police (OSP) and Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office are searching south of Highway 6 near Lee’s Camp for the driver of a stolen vehicle involved in an early Monday morning attempt to elude. One of the two vehicle occupants was arrested but the driver, who was believed to be shirtless with one shoe, fled on foot into the woods near C-Line Road and Lyda Road in rural Tillamook County. A person tentatively identified as the driver is wanted on an outstanding Washington County warrant.
On May 20, 2013 at approximately 1:23 a.m., the Tillamook Police Department attempted to stop a stolen 2001 Chrysler Sebring displaying Oregon license plates eastbound on Highway 6 east of Tillamook. An OSP trooper and Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office joined Tillamook police as the stolen vehicle fled eastbound at a high rate of speed, turning south of Highway 6 onto county roads near Lee’s Camp.
At approximately 1:50 a.m., the two occupants abandoned the vehicle on C-line Road near Lyda Road and fled on foot. The vehicle’s passenger, EDER ALEJANDRO HERNANDEZ, age 22, from Hillsboro, was located and taken into custody. HERNANDEZ was lodged in the Tillamook County Jail for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and misdemeanor Attempt to Elude on Foot.
The driver, tentatively identified as THOMAS ANTHONY WHITE, age 28, from Hillsboro, is described as a white male, 6′, 160 lbs, with possible shaven head and tattoos. He was last seen wearing no shirt and only had one shoe on. WHITE is wanted out of Washington County for Failure to Appear – Theft in the First Degree.
Anyone traveling in the vicinity of Highway 6 near the Tillamook/Washington County line who sees someone matching WHITE’s description is urged to call 9-1-1 or OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888.