On Warm Springs Reservation

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon is reminding residents of the Warm Springs Reservation that it's a felony to attempt to flee from or elude a police officer on a reservation.

"In the past month, we've charged three separate tribal members with fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer," said Craig Gabriel, assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Oregon. "It's critically important for people to know that if they are fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer on the reservation, that's a federal felony."

When a police officer initiates a traffic stop on a vehicle, the driver needs to stop, he advised.

"These pursuits, sometimes at high speeds, create unnecessary dangers for the police officers and the community," said Gabriel. "People are eluding at speeds of 70-90 miles per hour, even in residential neighborhoods."

Police are still searching for one suspect who was charged with attempting to elude police in Warm Springs on Jan. 9.

Later in January, Gonzalo Spencer Arthur, 24, was charged by a grand jury with fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer. Arthur was released pending trial, which was scheduled for April 9.

"Instead of appearing for trial, he absconded," said Gabriel. "He is now a fugitive, and there's a warrant for his arrest."

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