A high speed police chase led to the arrest of a suspect, wanted for felony charges, on Tuesday in Milton-Freewater. Police say that the pursuit ended after a K9 unit was used to apprehend the suspect.
Milton-Freewater Police Chief Doug Boedigheimer said that his department received information and a request for assistance from Walla Walla Police Department detectives to locate 26-year-old Joshua Ray McIntosh. Law enforcement believed McIntosh was at a residence on Tum a Lum Road, near Birch Creek Road, east of the City of Milton-Freewater.
According to Chief Boedigheimer, law enforcement officials saw the last known vehicle to have been operated by McIntosh leave the residence on Tum a Lum Road. A MFPD detective followed the vehicle, a newer silver Nissan Altima, and observed it was occupied by at least two people. The detective observed the operation of the vehicle become, what officials say, was “erratic and reckless by legal standards.”
Law enforcement officials attempted to stop the vehicle, at which time they say McIntosh began to actively attempt to elude apprehension. Additional MFPD units responded to the area of Spofford Rd and Cemetery Road outside of Milton-Freewater to assist. Chief Boedigheimer said the pursuit entered the city limits, where McIntosh stopped the vehicle in the 100 block of SW First Avenue and fled on foot.
Milton-Freewater Police requested the assistance of the Walla Walla Police Department’s K9 unit. Chief Boedigheimer said the K9 was instrumental in helping to locate McIntosh. He was arrested and lodged in the Umatilla County jail on local charges, including felony attempting to elude a police officer using a vehicle, misdemeanor attempting to elude a police officer by fleeing on foot, reckless driving, recklessly endangering another person and a violation of a foreign restraining order (out of Washington State). McIntosh will also await extradition to Washington for a felony warrant there.
We asked Chief Boedigheimer about MFPD operating outside of the city limits of Milton-Freewater. He said such activity was customary, especially in these cases where a request is made from an outside agency. Oregon law (ORS 133.235 ) permits law enforcement officers within the State of Oregon to “arrest a person for a crime… whether or not such crime was committed within the geographical area of such [law enforcement] officer’s employment, and the officer may make such arrest within the state, regardless of the [location] of the offense.”