Oregon Fugitive Wanted for Nearly 6 Years Caught in Missouri

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July 03, 2012 10:40

  

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Police in Missouri have arrested an Oregon fugitive that has been wanted since 2006 for a vehicular assault.

Police officers with the Nevada Police Department in Missouri (pronounced Ne-vay-da) arrested 30-year old Douglas Eugene Price on Saturday June 30, 2012. Price was booked into the Vernon County (MO) Sheriff's Office Jail and is awaiting extradition to Oregon. The City of Nevada is located in Southwest Missouri.

This investigation started on August 27, 2006, when Portland Police officers assigned to East Precinct and the Traffic Division responded to the report of a serious traffic crash at Northeast 82nd Avenue and Sandy Boulevard. Price was driving a 1999 Ford Mustang eastbound on Northeast Sandy Boulevard at a high rate of speed when he crashed into a Radio Cab driven by then 53-year-old Michael Dean Jennings. Price's vehicle then rolled and two passengers were ejected. Price and another passenger had to be extracted from the vehicle by Portland Fire & Rescue personnel. All four occupants of the Mustang suffered critical injuries, including burn injuries after the Mustang caught fire.

Radio Cab driver Michael Jennings suffered serious injuries.

On October 24, 2007, a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge issued a warrant for Douglas Price's arrest in connection with the crash. Officers attempted to locate Price along with his wife, Andrea Price, but they disappeared from the area.

For the past 4 1/2 years, a Portland Police Bureau Detective assigned to the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Portland has been working to locate Price and arrest him.

In 2012, an anonymous tip was received by Crime Stoppers of Oregon indicating that Price might be living in Missouri. Investigators began focusing research efforts in Missouri which led them to Nevada, Missouri. Investigators discovered that Price had been living under the name "Josh Gibson" for several years and may be working at a coffee shop.

Investigators learned that Andrea Price's mother, Katherine Johnston, opened a coffee shop called "Take a Break Java Den" in Nevada, Missouri, and Andrea Price had been working at WalMart.

Portland Police worked with Nevada Police to exchange information and confirm Price's identity in Missouri, which allowed Nevada Police to arrest him on Friday. Andrea Price and Katherine Johnston were also arrested and face local charges in Missouri for assisting Douglas Price hide from the law.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to thank the Nevada Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.

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