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Deployment of spike strips helped Oregon State Police (OSP) safely end a Washington fugitive's attempt to elude arrest Wednesday morning in The Dalles, Ore.

On March 24, 2010 at approximately 9:15 a.m. OSP Senior Trooper Elijah Preston attempted to stop a 2000 Buick LeSabre displaying Washington license plates on suspicion the driver was operating with a suspended license as the car exited eastbound Interstate 84 on the west end of The Dalles. The driver failed to stop and attempted to elude the trooper and Wasco County deputies on area streets before getting back onto the eastbound freeway lanes near milepost 83.

As the Buick continued eastbound at speeds around 90 mph, another trooper deployed spike strips near milepost 86 successfully deflating the two left side tires. The driver pulled over and stopped near milepost 87 where he was taken into custody without further incident about 9:30 a.m.

Charles Eugene Stalcup, 38, Goldendale, was wanted on an outstanding Washington State felony warrant for probation violation on drug-related charges. Stalcup was lodged in the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility (NORCOR) on the following charges: fugitive from justice (out of state felony warrant); felony attempt to elude in a vehicle; reckless driving. He was also cited for driving while suspended.



The Hood River County Sheriff's Office was coordinating a search and rescue mission in the western portion of Hood River County on Friday.

On March 26, 2010, around 9:30 a.m., Hood River 911 Center received a call from two lost hikers. The hikers, a 23 year old female and 24 year old male, reported that they were lost in about four to five feet of snow.

The pair reported that they were not injured, were properly equipped and had food and water. They started their hike from the Eagle Creek Trailhead and had been camped at the location they were calling from since about 7:30 p.m. on March 25, 2010.

The duo said they headed east from Eagle Creek to the Nick Eaton Trail system. Their itinerary was to hike up to the Wahtum Lake area, make a loop and come back to the Eagle Creek Trailhead. They are currently in an area that is at about 4200 feet, awaiting search and rescue personnel.

Crews were sent to the area with a snow cat. The hikers are believed to be in a location that is west of Mount Defiance.


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