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Police: Driver in stolen car crashes into second, unrelated stolen car during Oregon chase

The Newberg Police Department said that two unrelated car thieves collided during a pursuit on Sunday.

Posted: Jul 8, 2020 2:42 PM
Updated: Jul 8, 2020 2:45 PM

NEWBERG, Ore. — The lives of two suspected car thieves came crashing together on Sunday morning in the Oregon city of Newberg, according to the local police department.

Officers from the Newberg-Dundee Police Department responded on the morning of July 5 to the reported theft of a Toyota Land Cruiser. The agency said that officers spotted the stolen vehicle just minutes later as the suspect drove through town.

The suspect reportedly tried to get away from police by speeding through downtown Newberg, but crashed the Land Cruiser into the driver of a Buick Regal near E Franklin and College streets.

While officers arrested the suspected Land Cruiser thief, 27-year-old Randy Lee Cooper of Portland, they found out that the Buick had also been reported stolen in a "completely unrelated crime" about three weeks earlier.

Police said that the Buick driver, 25-year-old Kristin Nicole Begue of Newberg, had been driving under the influence of intoxicants at the time of the crash.

Cooper was charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Attempting to Elude Police, Assault-3, Reckless Driving and other related crimes. Begue was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.

Newberg-Dundee Police said that the two were cited and released because "neither suspect met the lodging criteria for the Yamhill County Jail."

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