Two from Keizer arrested after lengthy chase

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Courtesy Marion County Sheriff's Office

Courtesy Marion County Sheriff’s Office

Two 20-year-old Keizer residents were arrested Tuesday night after leading police on a chase lasting more than 30 minutes.

Around 8 p.m. Jan. 21, Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to investigate a disturbance in southeast Salem. The deputies knew only that a white car and Edgar Ramirez-Gallegos of Keizer, 20, were involved.

Ramirez-Gallegos had outstanding warrants for a parole violation and charges of Burglary 1 and Assault 4. Deputies found the vehicle on Lancaster Drive NE near Beverly Avenue NE. When they attempted to arrest Ramirez-Gallegos, the vehicle sped away.

Deputies pursued the white car as its driver, later identified as Britney Quezada of Keizer, 20, disobeyed numerous traffic signals and posted speed limits.

Edgar Ramirez-Gallegos

Edgar Ramirez-Gallegos

After four minutes, Quezada stopped the vehicle to let her sister and her own 2-year-old daughter out of the car.

Quezada and Ramirez-Gallegos then continued to attempt to elude the deputies. Near Lancaster Drive NE at Hayesville Drive NE, a deputy utilized a Pursuit Immobilization Technique, or “PIT Maneuver.”

The PIT Maneuver is the intentional forced rotation of a suspect’s vehicle by a pursuing police vehicle in an effort to stop the suspect’s flight or illegal activity. PIT is a technique intended to reduce risks through bringing pursuits to a conclusion.

The PIT Maneuver stopped the car, but the deputies were unable to completely box it in. Quezada escaped through a parking lot and the pursuit resumed.

Quezada drove onto I-5, reaching speeds of 90 mph. When she exited at Ehlen Road NE, the deputies were able to bring the chase to an end with another PIT Maneuver.

Quezada was arrested and transported to the Marion County Correctional Facility where she was booked for the charges of Attempting to Elude the Police, Reckless Driving and four counts of Reckless Endangering.

Britney Quezada

Britney Quezada

Ramirez-Gallegos was also taken to the Marion County Correctional Facility where he remains in custody for his outstanding warrants. The passenger who was let out of the vehicle will not face any criminal charges and the child is safe with family.

The vehicle pursuit lasted 36 minutes and covered more than 25 miles. No one was injured. Officers from the Keizer Police Department, Salem Police Department, Oregon State Police and Woodburn assisted during the pursuit.

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