Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Country roads turned to raceways on Monday, May 16 at 6:40 p.m. when Ramon Ramirez-Posey, 26, of Hood River, led Hood River County Sheriff's Sgt. Ricardo Casteneda on a 90 mile per hour car chase through the county, following the officer's attempted drunk driving stop of the suspect.
According to Hood River County Sheriff's Detective, Matt English, Ramirez-Posey, in a white 2007 Subaru, began his attempt to elude Sgt. Casteneda after the officer flashed his lights to the suspect on Orchard Rd., near the intersection with Hwy 281.
Instantly, Ramirez-Posey lit into high gear, pulling his vehicle away at high speed from Sgt. Castenada, who was still at the wheel in his vehicle.
A chase ensued, with the suspect following side roads, crossing through city and county boundary lines, often at speeds over 90 miles per hour.
Residential streets, including Eby Road and Eliott Drive, were traveled by Ramirez-Posey, along with Tucker Rd., Country Club Road. and Binns Hill Road, all with Casteneda in close pursuit.
Just before 7 p.m., the suspect barreled his way westbound along Country Club Rd., ultimately turning up Binns Hill Rd., where he eventually took his vehicle onto an unmarked forest road.
At the dirt road's end, Ramirez-Posey continued onward into a clear cut area, ultimately stalling and high-centering his vehicle on a tree stump.
Casteneda, right behind him, jumped out of his own vehicle when the suspect took flight.
Casteneda then pursued on foot for a short distance before subduing him. Sheriff's Deputy Mike Anderson, arriving in a second vehicle at the scene, assisted in bringing the suspect into custody. Multiple other officers had assisted the pursuit along the suspect's chase route.
Ramirez-Posey was lodged at NORCOR and his vehicle was towed and impounded, following his arrest.
During the 20-minute chase, only the suspect's car sustained damage and no pedestrians were involved.
Ramirez-Posey has been charged with DUII, felony- attempt to elude an officer with a vehicle, misdemeanor-attempt to elude on foot, misdemeanor -driving while suspended, reckless driving, reckless endangering and refusing a breath test.
An arraignment was scheduled for May 17.
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