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Two women told investigators they had been unwilling passengers in a high-speed chase early Wednesday.

COURTESY PHOTO: WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - The Washington County Sheriff's Office is looking for Edgar Adrian Hernandez, shown here in this 2019 booking photo.The Washington County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man they believe kidnapped two women and led deputies on a high-speed chase early Wednesday morning.

The incident began at 12:30 a.m., when deputies observed a black 2012 Dodge Charger exceeding speeds of more than 100 mph on westbound Highway 26 near the Southwest Canyon Road exit, the Sheriff's Office said. Deputies reported the driver exited the freeway at Southwest Park Way, running a red light and nearly crashing into a deputy near Baltic Avenue.

Although two other sheriff's deputies tried to stop the car, the driver sped on, eventually crashing at Southwest Barnes Road and 118th Avenue, the Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies located the car, but the driver had already left the scene. Inside, two females reported they were being held against their will by the driver, who deputies later identified as 20-year-old Edgar Adrian Hernandez of Cornelius.

Hernandez offered the women a ride home from a party in Portland to their home in Banks, but later told them he wasn't going to take them there and continued to drive erratically, the alleged victims told investigators.

Deputies, including a K-9 team, conducted a search of the area, but they were unable to locate Hernandez.

A handgun was found under the passenger seat, according to deputies.

Anyone with information about Hernandez's whereabouts is asked to contact the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-629-0111.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story misstated the name of the agency that is investigating this reported criminal incident. The agency is the Washington County Sheriff's Office. The story has been corrected.


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