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Hit and run suspect fled from vehicle crash and apprehended by the Polk County Sheriff's Office - 07/14/21

On Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at about 6:43 p.m. the Polk County Sheriff's was dispatched to a hit and run vehicle crash off Highway 99 at Rickreall Road, in Rickreall.  Victim vehicle was stopped at the red light, heading southbound on Highway 99 when she was struck from behind by Mr. Tyler Oldham, who was driving a small gray pickup.  Victim vehicle was occupied by a female and her juvenile son, who were pushed into the middle of the intersection.  Mr. Oldham fled the scene by driving around them and was followed by an off duty Marion County Deputy, into the driveway of the Polk County Fairgrounds.  He then fled from his vehicle on foot, heading eastbound through the fairground RV area and into a grass field.

 

Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene within minutes and spotted Mr. Oldham running through the field.  Containment was set up and Mr. Oldham was apprehended without further incident.

 

There were no reported injuries from this incident and an additional witness remained on scene while Mr. Oldham was being apprehended.

 

Mr. Oldham was taken to the hospital to be evaluated prior to being lodged at the Polk County Jail for failing to perform the duties of a driver (hit and run crash – Misdemeanor) and Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (Misdemeanor).

Unidentified male found in Willamette River, south of Wheatland Ferry - 07/05/21

On Friday, July 2, 2021 at about 1:55 p.m., a group of Kayakers found a deceased male floating down the middle of the Willamette River, around river mile 75, 1 mile north into Polk County from Yamhill County.  The Polk County and Yamhill County Sheriff's Office responded.  Polk County Marine Patrol located the deceased male around river mile 72, just south Wheatland Ferry in Yamhill County.  The deceased was described as a 25-40 year old Caucasian male.  Deceased had a cross with RIP tattooed on his right forearm.  The Polk County Sheriff's Office and Medical Examiner’s Office will continue the investigation.