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Court docs: Suspect who was bitten by K-9 after I-5 chase says 'it was worth it'

Suspect vehicle alongside a booking photo of Jimmy Maeda-Escobar

WILSONVILLE, Ore. – The man who was bitten by a K-9 and hit with a stun gun Tuesday after troopers say he led them on a high-speed chase along Interstate 5 on Tuesday told police “it was worth it” when they were placing him under arrest.

The suspect, 21-year-old Jimmy Eduardo Maeda-Escobar, was later booked into the Marion County Jail on reckless driving, attempting to elude, and reckless endangering.

According to Oregon State Police, the pursuit started in Salem after they received a report of a reckless driver in a pickup who was passing other vehicles on the shoulder. Troopers chased the driver to Woodburn, however, they called off the pursuit over safety reasons.

Portland police spotted the pickup in the Portland area. Police said the driver crashed into another vehicle before fleeing southbound on Interstate 5.

Several law enforcement agencies worked to stop the driver. They say Maeda-Escobar stopped the pickup on the left shoulder of Boone Bridge in Wilsonville after police deployed spike strips to pop his tires.

Maeda-Escobar refused to get out of the vehicle.

According to court documents, officers used a drone to look into the pickup and “observed Maeda reading in the driver’s seat.”

He refused officer’s commands to show his hands, so they launched a “gas riot agent” into his pickup and drove up to it in an armored police vehicle.

Officers opened up the passenger door and a police K-9 got into the pickup to drag him out, a probable cause document states, and Maeda-Escobar held onto the steering wheel and “started punching the K-9.”

A state trooper shot Maeda-Escobar in the chest with a stun gun and other officers dragged him out of the pickup and put him in handcuffs.

The affidavit states that Maeda told police his last name was “God” and that he smoked marijuana while driving from Santa Barbara to Seattle.

“As we were walking him to a police car he told me ‘It was worth it,’” the arresting officer wrote in the probable cause document.

Police said they found two grams of marijuana inside the vehicle.

Maeda-Escobar was treated at Salem Hospital before being booked into jail. His bail is set at $100,000.

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