Hubbard police arrested a Salem man who is charged with reckless driving and eluding a police officer after he allegedly refused to comply with a traffic stop.
Fernando Gonzalez-Nunez, 20, was arrested following an encounter with Hubbard and Woodburn police on Friday, July 2. At around 6:30 p.m., Hubbard police initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle occupied by a male and female as the vehicle was leaving Hubbard on Mineral Springs Road. The male driver refused to stop and drove at a high rate of speed south on Boones Ferry Road.
As the vehicle approached Broadacres Road the driver accelerated and began driving recklessly. Hubbard Police followed the vehicle toward Crosby Road where the officer terminated the pursuit due to excessive speed. The suspect vehicle sustained a mechanical problem as it continued south into Woodburn. The officer drove into Woodburn and located the vehicle partially blocking the intersection at Boones Ferry Road and Vanderbeck Lane. Smoke was coming from the engine compartment.
The Hubbard police officer saw the male driver running through a nearby yard. A witness told the officer a woman was running in the same direction.
Woodburn officers were setting a perimeter when a neighbor called 911 to report a man and woman trying to break into his house. Woodburn officers detained the suspects and brought them to the vehicle where Hubbard police were investigating.
It was later discovered the vehicle had been stolen out of Salem and had not yet been reported as stolen. The female passenger was not charged and left the area on foot.
The male driver was later identified as Gonzalez-Nunez.
He was arraigned for two counts of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and one count of reckless driving. His indictment will be at 8:30 a.m. July 13.