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Stolen vehicle, hit-and-run suspect arrested in Woodburn

By Justin Much,


A vehicle stolen in Salem Tuesday morning became involved in a hit-and-run before the suspect wound up in Woodburn where he was arrested.

Salem Police reported that a 42-year-old man was ultimately arrested in the incident, which closed down Hwy. 99E at Young Street as police closed in on the incident. Police took the initial report at around 7:20 a.m. when witnesses reported a delivery truck at a McDonald’s in the 1000 block of Lancaster Drive struck a 67-year-old man in the parking lot.

Police found the man who was struck and determined that he was the delivery driver of the stolen vehicle. He was standing outside the vehicle when an unknown man jumped inside and drove away, hitting the delivery driver in the process.

SPD officials said as the stolen truck struck another vehicle and caused damage in the business’ parking lot. A short time later, the suspect vehicle was reported driving recklessly on northbound Interstate-5. The suspect eluded several regional agencies the stolen pursuing the stolen vehicle, but it ultimately came to a stop when the suspect crashed in the area of US-22E and Young Street.

The suspect, identified as Eloy Tello, was the sole occupant of the stolen truck and was arrested and lodged at the Marion County Jail on charges related to hit and run, assault, vehicle theft, and driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Tello is due to be arraigned Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Marion County Criminal Court Annex.

The hit and run victim, Gary Mark Adams, was transported to Salem Health with non-life-threatening injuries; however, he was subsequently transferred to a Portland-area hospital for further medical care.

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