Hermiston Police News: Man Arrested for Elude and Injury Crash

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On the 7th of July, 2016 at about 11:15 AM a Hermiston Officer initiated a traffic stop in the area of W Highland and S 1st Street. The vehicle initially stopped and as the officer walked up to the car the driver drove away fleeing the officer’s attempt to stop him. Almost immediately after the suspect attempted to flee he ran the stop sign at the intersection of W Highland/ S 1st Street hitting another vehicle causing both to crash and injury to the adult female victim driver.

The suspect took off running from his vehicle and was quickly caught a short distance away by the officer. The female victim was taken to Good Shepherd Hospital by ambulance with unknown injuries at this time. The suspect 31 year old adult male David A Bjurlin of Kennewick, Wa was taken to and lodged at Umatilla County Jail on charges of Attempted Elude (Vehicle), Attempt Elude (Foot), Felony Fail to Perform the Duties of a Driver, Assault III, Reckless Driving and Driving with no Operators License.

“This was a senseless act by a driver who would have received a violation level citation for driving without a license, instead he felt the need to try and run from officers. His actions led to an innocent person getting injured and property being damaged so he could avoid a traffic ticket,” reports Acting Chief Darryl Johnson.