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Wanted man found hiding on roof after leading deputies on pursuit

Jose Hernandez-Martinez mug shot courtesy Washington County Jail

CORNELIUS, Ore. – A man wanted for running from a crash scene led deputies on a vehicle pursuit in Cornelius Wednesday night.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said they found him hiding on a stranger’s roof.

Deputies say 26-year-old Jose Hernandez-Martinez of Cornelius was wanted for running from a crash scene in Aloha on July 6. They say he also led deputies on another vehicle pursuit on July 30.

Wednesday, deputies spotted Hernandez-Martinez in a vehicle in Cornelius near the intersection of North Davis Street and North 17th Avenue.

As deputies tried to stop him, they say he refused to pull over and instead led them on a pursuit.

The chase spanned 10 blocks until Hernandez-Martinez got out of his vehicle and fled on foot.

Shortly after, a community member saw him hiding on a roof about three blocks from where he started running.

Corporal Micah Akin and his partner, K-9 Stark, and the Forest Grove Police Department helped in the search.

Hernandez-Martinez was arrested on three counts of attempt to elude, two counts of reckless driving, two counts of driving while criminally suspended, hit and run, recklessly endangering another, and a parole violation.

He was booked in the Washington County Jail.

Deputies say it’s possible he could face more charges as they continue investigating.

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