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News Release
**Name correction** Two men are in custody after ramming patrol cars and leading deputies on a high speed pursuit (Photo) - 12/08/19

CORRECTION: The name of the passenger is 40-year old Ernest Matthew Birney, not Marquese Walker.

Original release:

On December 7th, at approximately 9:17 a.m., a Multnomah County Sheriff’s deputy performed a traffic stop on a silver Kia Spectra near the intersection of NE 181st Avenue & Pacific St. The driver of the Kia, however, did not stop and a momentary pursuit developed. The pursuit was quickly terminated for safety reasons.


The driver, identified as 30-year old Shane Michael Freda, traveled northbound on NE 181st Avenue toward I-84. Before turning east onto the freeway, Freda dropped off his passenger, 40-year old Ernest Matthew Birney.


Freda continued eastbound on I-84, exiting at NE 238th Avenue. Deputies temporarily lost sight of Freda, who was traveling at a high rate of speed. A short time later, deputies spotted Freda parked in a lot near NE 201st Avenue & Sandy Blvd. Deputies tried to block Freda from exiting the lot. Freda rammed two patrol cars, causing damage to both vehicles. Deputies followed Freda on I-84 eastbound, but again terminated the pursuit for safety reasons.


MCSO deputies alerted Oregon State Police troopers, who used spike strips to disable Freda’s vehicle near milepost 49, just east of Cascade Locks. Troopers found Freda hiding in the woods, not far from the freeway, and took him into custody.


Deputies returned to the lot where Freda was parked and recovered an assault rifle and three loaded magazines.


Freda was taken to a hospital for medical evaluation, and then will be booked in the Multnomah County Jail on charges of felon in possession of a firearm, felony elude, reckless driving, possession of methamphetamine and criminal mischief. Walker will be booked on a warrant.


No deputies were hurt in this morning’s pursuit. The investigation is ongoing and no further details are available at this time. Mugshots will be available once the men are booked.

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