Hermiston police warn drivers of transient

By the Tri-City HeraldNovember 27, 2012 

HERMISTON -- The Hermiston Police Department is asking drivers to proceed with extreme caution when they see a 56-year-old male transient notorious for walking in front of traffic "with complete disregard for his well-being."

Since 2008, police have arrested Peter Villarreal 54 times, citing him for 83 infractions ranging from disorderly conduct, offensive littering, criminal trespass, drinking in public and urinating in public, according to a release from the department.

In October, police worked with the circuit court system to get Villarreal evaluated.

"The details of that evaluation and the mental status of Mr. Villarreal is/are protected medical information, however this alert is to show (that) members of this agency have tried to get Mr. Villarreal the help we believe he needs," police said.

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