PENDLETON, Oregon – The Pendleton Police Department responded to a disturbance call early this morning. Lt. Tony Nelson issued the following statement:
The Pendleton Police Department responded to a disturbance call at 2:12 am this morning in the area of SW Kirk Avenue and SW 31st Street. A caller reported hearing a female yelling and someone attempting to leave in a vehicle. Officers located a motor vehicle crash at SW 30th Street and SW Kirk Avenue where the suspect had failed to negotiate the turn and collided with a parked vehicle in a residential driveway.
The suspect was driving with significant speed, enough to push the parked vehicle into the side of the house. No one inside the house was in the front room or injured as result of the collision. The suspect fled the crash scene on foot but officers were able to locate him one block away.
He was identified as 22 year old Michael Burton. Burton appeared impaired and began yelling at the officer upon contact. The officer attempted to stop him, however he charged at the officer refusing all commands to stop his behavior. Force was used to complete the stop and apprehension of Burton. He was subsequently transported to St. Anthony Hospital due to his behavior and possible injuries from the motor vehicle crash. Burton faces charges of Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, Disorderly Conduct II, DUII and Resisting Arrest.
No further information will be released at this time. The investigation will be turned over to the Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office for consideration of prosecution for the listed criminal charges.