ONTARIO — A 21-year-old woman from Hermiston was arrested twice over the weekend, with the latter incident happening after she escaped from a deputy after being treated and released at a local hospital.
According to Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe, on Saturday night Ontario Police transported Martha Rodriguez to the Malheur County Jail to be booked on charges of theft in the first degree, burglary in the second degree, criminal trespass, resisting arrest and attempting to elude police officers. Rodriguez also had felony warrants out of Umatilla County, according to Wolfe.
Before Ontario Police officers arrested her there was a chase and they did have to tackle her, according to Wolfe, but he did not have further details on that.
After being booked into the jail, Rodriguez started complaining that she was three or four months pregnant and having complications.
“It was determined she needed medical attention,” Wolfe said, so a deputy transported her to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center-Ontario.
Doctors determined she was not pregnant and released her. While the deputy was escorting her back to the car and attempting to unlock the car doors, Rodriguez fled with no shoes and in handcuffs.
“She took off running and the deputy was not able to catch her,” Wolfe said.
Ontario Police were called and began searching for her along with eight sheriff’s deputies, but did not catch up with Rodriguez Saturday night.
At about 5 a.m. Sunday morning a citizen reported a woman matching her description in their car, who had reportedly taken off on foot, still in handcuffs and without shoes.
Finally, at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday night, deputies paid a visit to a home on Clark Boulevard outside Nyssa, where it was believed Rodriguez might seek refuge.
While two residents were not cooperating with police, one was, and finally allowed police to enter into a shop where, Wolfe says, Rodriguez was “found hidden in a corner of the shop behind a bunch of miscellaneous stuff.”
She resisted arrest, but the deputy and a couple of Oregon State Police troopers were able to successfully arrest her, and she was subsequently taken lodged in the Malheur County Jail. This time, she was booked on charges of escape in the second degree, resisting arrest, theft in the third degree, and theft in the second degree. The escape charge is a class C felony, according to Wolfe. And the theft in the third degree is regarding the handcuffs which were no longer on her wrists when she was found.
An investigation continues into the event, according to Wolfe, who said it is likely more people will be charged for hindering.
“This is not the way we should be doing things — letting someone out of our custody like that,” Wolfe said. “We typically don’t let them go. I don’t know why [that happened], but we are looking into that so it does not happen again.”