The police arrested two suspects after an alleged car thief forced them to chase him until he smashed into a vehicle which was also reportedly found to be stolen.
On the morning of July 5, the Newberg-Dundee Police Department received notification from the owner of a Toyota Land Cruiser who stated that their vehicle was missing.
When they began to look for the vehicle reported as stolen, the authorities saw someone driving a Land Cruiser fitting the given description and attempted a traffic stop.
The driver allegedly sped up and began leading them on a chase, which was reportedly stalled when he crashed into a Buick Regal that was at a full stop on the road. A woman was in the driver’s seat of the smashed car.
When the police interacted with the suspected carjacker, identified as 27-year-old Randy Lee Cooper, he was immediately detained without incident for several infractions.
Upon inspection of the car that had allegedly been hit by Cooper, the police reportedly learned that the Regal was reported stolen in an unrelated incident that took place 3-weeks earlier.
While interacting with the driver of the Regal, Newberg local Kristin Nicole Begue, the police determined that she was impaired by intoxicants.
Cooper, who lives in Portland, was placed under arrest, and he is facing several charges, including unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, attempting to elude police, third-degree assault, and reckless driving. The additional charges that he may face have not yet been disclosed.
25-year-old Begue was taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
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