VALE — The case for a Nyssa man facing multiple charges, including a felony fleeing count, has been put on hold pending a psychological evaluation.
Christopher Blas Padilla was scheduled to enter a plea on Friday, but it has been moved back to a later date as Padilla will be going through an aid and assist psychological evaluation at the Oregon State Hospital.
A status check hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 11.
Padilla is facing a felony count of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, as well as misdemeanor charges for third degree escape and resisting arrest.
This is on top of his misdemeanor for failure to report as a sex offender.
Padilla has filed a request for a new attorney two times. His court-appointed attorney is Renee Denison. The request was denied by Judge Erin Landis on both Aug. 26 and on Wednesday.
According to the court site, Padilla entered another request for a new attorney on Wednesday. That request is pending the next status check.
The plea hearing for Padilla was originally scheduled for July 11 and has been set over two times now.
On June 16, Padilla took a Nyssa police officer on a high-speed chase on U.S. Highway 95 toward Parma. Padilla was fleeing because the officer discovered he had a warrant out for his arrest for failing to register as a sex offender, the incident report from the Nyssa Police Department states.
To ensure no one was hurt in the chase and knowing that Padilla was likely to return to Nyssa later in the day, the officer let off on the chase and returned to Nyssa. Later in the day, he was found at the corner of South Fifth Street and Thompson Avenue in Nyssa. According to the report, Padilla threatened to “fight it out” with the officer while holding a boxing stance. The officer used a Taser on Padilla two times before taking him into custody.