Featured Stories

Tigard Police assist in arrest of New Mexico fugitive

Tigard's newest K-9 officer Diesel nabbed his first bad guy on July 22

BaldwinDiesel, Tigard’s newest K-9 officer, has been on the beat for less than a month, but he’s already snagged his first bad guy.

Jerimiah Baldwin, 34, of Albuquerque, N.M., was arrested Wednesday on several charges after he led authorities on a chase from the Oregon Coast to Washington County.

Oregon State Police recognized Baldwin driving a 2006 Honda Civic in the town of Netarts (near Tillamook) at about 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday, according to Lt. Bill Fugate, a spokesman for Oregon State Police.

Baldwin was wanted in New Mexico on charges of rape and kidnapping, Fugate said.

Troopers attempted to catch up to the car, which sped off at a high rate of speed along Highway 6, heading toward Portland.Diesel

The Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office also chased Baldwin, Fugate said, but were unable to keep up.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office waited outside of Banks, near where Highway 6 turns onto Highway 26, and used spike strips to stop Baldwin’s car.

The strips blew out the tires on Baldwin's car, Fugate said; the car then crashed and Baldwin fled on foot.

Several Washington County K-9 teams were called to assist, including from the Tigard Police, according to Jim Wolf, a spokesman with the Tigard Police Department.

Diesel and handler Mike Powers located Baldwin about a half mile from the car, following him through dense wooded areas and creeks, Wolf said.

Baldwin was arrested without further incident and lodged in the Washington County Jail.

He faces several charges stemming from the pursuit, including attempt to elude in a vehicle, attempt to elude on foot, reckless driving and reckless endangering. He’s also being held on a fugitive warrant out of New Mexico.

Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the call, including the Tigard Police Department, Tillamook Police Department, the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office and Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Diesel, a 14-month-old German shepherd, came to the Tigard Police Department earlier this year after the Tigard Breakfast Rotary raised thousands in funds to raised thousands of dollars to purchase the city's second police dog.

“Diesel has continually exceeded all expectations and exhibited exceptional skills from the start of his training,” Tigard Police wrote on its Facebook page. “Way to go!”

By Geoff Pursinger
email: gpursinger@commnewspapers.com
Follow us on Twitter
Visit Us on Facebook


Local Weather





Humidity: 90%

Wind: 0 mph

  • 29 Nov 2015

    Sunny 43°F 27°F

  • 30 Nov 2015

    Mostly Cloudy 39°F 32°F