Hermiston man sought after high-speed chase Wednesday

By Tri-City Herald staff June 29, 2012 

A Hermiston man is being sought after leading police on a high-speed chase through Hermiston late Wednesday.

Officers first spotted the truck Richard Correa, 28, was driving around 11:45 p.m. on Elm Street.

Part of the truck looked like it had been spray painted and officers pulled onto Elm to get a closer look, said Hermiston Police Chief Jason Edmiston.

When the truck turned onto Seventh Street, Correa turned off his lights and sped well above the posted 25 mph zone, he said.

The officer then saw skid marks on the road at Seventh and Ridgeway Avenue and a truck in the yard, along with a destroyed mailbox and rose bushes, he said.

Officers tried to order Correa and a passenger out of the truck, but Correa reportedly refused and took off. Speeds reached 100 mph as Correa drove down Old River Road.

As officers were getting ready to call off the chase, Correa's truck spun out of control and traveled about 500 feet down the Union Pacific railroad tracks before getting stuck.

Correa and the female passenger, who was not identified, ran off and were not located, Edmiston said.

The truck, which had stolen plates on it, was stolen from a Hermiston parking lot June 6.

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