Utah Man Taken Into Custody After Pursuit And Shooting

A Utah man was taken into custody after a high speed pursuit in Sherman and Wasco counties that eventually resulted in a Wasco County Sheriff’s Deputy firing several rounds at the vehicle before it came to a stop and the driver taken into custody.  According to the Oregon State Police, an OSP trooper attempted to stop a pickup for speeding on westbound Interstate 84 near milepost 109 in Sherman County on Thursday afternoon, and there were two more attempts to stop the vehicle in Sherman and Wasco counties.  Nearly an hour after the first attempted stop a Wasco County deputy located the vehicle at a residence just off Highway 197 about 4 miles south of Tygh Valley.  As the vehicle attempted to reenter the highway the deputy fired several rounds at the vehicle with his sidearm.  The vehicle came to a stop and the driver was taken into custody without further incident.  30-year-old Rudi Foki Paea Fifita of West Jordan, Utah was lodged at NORCOR on numerous charges.  A 23-year-old woman and their one-year-old son were also in the vehicle.  No one was injured in the incident.  The Wasco County District Attorney’s office tabbed the Oregon State Police to head the investigation.

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