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Hillsboro man charged with stealing van

Washington County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 24-year-old Hillsboro man Sunday morning after an accident on Southeast Tualatin Valley Highway. While trying to elude police, the van the suspect was driving went off the roadway and rolled onto its side in a ditch next to the Portland & Western railroad tracks between Hillsboro and Beaverton.

On Sept. 8 at 6:59 a.m., a Washington County motor officer saw a 1999 Ford van drive partially into the ditch on Northeast 28th Avenue south of Northeast Cornell Road in Hillsboro. The van abruptly stopped and an unidentified man jumped out, after which the van sped away. The deputy turned on his lights to stop the van, but the driver did not stop.

The deputy learned through dispatch that the van had been reported stolen out of Hillsboro on Sept. 7. The van drove through the northeast part of the city as additional sheriff’s deputies converged to the area, assisted by officers with the Hillsboro Police Department and Oregon State Police troopers. The van drove down Southeast 10th Avenue and onto Southeast Tualatin Valley Highway, headed eastbound.

During his attempt to elude officers, on three occasions the driver of the van intentionally backed directly toward law enforcement and their vehicles, according to Sgt. Bob Ray of the sheriff’s office.

As the van approached Southeast 40th Avenue, where officers had set up a blockade, the driver stopped on TV Highway and backed up at a high rate of speed.

He drove into a ditch, causing the van to roll onto its side. Deputies took the driver, identified as Baldemar Daniels-Torres, into custody. There were no injuries or damage to other vehicles during the incident.

Daniels-Torres was lodged in the Washington County Jail, charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, attempt to elude, three counts of unlawful use of a weapon (the van), three counts of attempted second degree felony assault and reckless driving.

He is being held on $80,000 bail.



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