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Police Arrest Pendleton Man after Chase, Fiery Crash

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PENDLETON, Ore. - A man from Pendleton is in the Umatilla County Jail after troopers say he led them in a car chase that ended in a fiery crash. 

Oregon state police say 27-year-old Zechariah Ayers had been passing cars on the right shoulder of Interstate 84 at 115 mph.

Troopers say when they tried to pull him over, he led them in a 50 mile chase until he crashed 30 minutes later north of Pendleton. 

Troopers say they ran after Ayers after the crash, and they captured and arrested him. 

The car caught fire in the crash, so troopers and Umatilla County Sheriff's Deputies had to pull it onto gravel to keep the nearby brush from catching fire.

Police booked Ayers into jail on several charges including reckless driving and reckless endangerment.

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