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Woodburn man leads police on chase


A high-speed chase that began in Woodburn ended in Mount Angel with the arrest of a man who led police on a 20-mile chase through the back roads of Marion County.by: SUBMITTED - Larry Martusheff

The chase began when Woodburn police located a stolen vehicle in downtown Woodburn. As officers approached the car, the suspect sped away, leading a pursuit through winding roads that reached speeds up to 90 miles per hour.

The chase led to Mount Angel, where Silverton Police assisted by setting up a spike strip on Main Street. The suspect’s two front tires were deflated, forcing him over a curb through a yard, where he continued the pursuit on foot down an embankment and through a field.

The suspect was apprehended by Woodburn Police. He was identified as Larry Martusheff and arrested on charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, eluding a police officer, possession of a controlled substance, several counts of reckless endangerment and other miscellaneous charges.

Martusheff also had several outstanding warrants and has a long criminal history of stealing cars and attempting to elude police.

He was lodged at Marion County Jail.

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