Transient attempts to elude authorities



MONMOUTH — Lonnie Leon Larson, 26, a transient, was arrested on Thursday after a chase that started in Monmouth and ended in Salem.

At 7:16 p.m. on Thursday, a Monmouth Police officer stopped a Honda Civic on Pacific Highway North near mile post 61, according to a press release from MPD. Once the officer stepped out of his patrol vehicle, the Honda, driven by Larson, sped off north on Highway 99W, through Rickreall on Rickreall Road, and onto Highway 22. Larson threw a black bag onto the highway at mile post 25, which was later recovered and found to contain syringes and methamphetamine.

Larson continued into Salem and ultimately crashed into a curb in a parking lot at Bush’s Pasture Park, in the 800 block of Mission Street Southeast. He fled on foot and was located by Salem Police at the Salem Hospital, where he was arrested without incident.

Larson had another bag in his possession that contained almost $2,000 in cash.

Larson was transported to Polk County Jail where he was lodged on the following charges: attempt to elude felony (in car) and misdemeanor (on foot), driving under the influence of intoxicants, failure to perform the duties of a driver, reckless driving, possession of methamphetamine, delivery of methamphetamine and a warrant for parole violation.

MPD was assisted by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Salem Police Department and Oregon State Police.



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