Suspect in car chase remains at large

Officials say Jeremy F. Beamer led officers on a high-speed chase Tuesday.

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A 32-year-old man who led law enforcement officers on a high speed chase into Oregon remains at large as of this morning, officials said.

Suspect Jeremy F. Beamer, described as a white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall and 280 pounds, allegedly assaulted his girlfriend Tuesday morning, and then fled the scene.

Beamer allegedly choked Angel S. Riner, 37, after an argument in their car while driving on East Chestnut Street. Beamer then took the woman's cellphone when she attempted to dial 911 and attempted to push her from the vehicle, according to Walla Walla County sheriff's reports.

Beamer pulled his 2005 Dodge Magnum over in the 1100 block of Fern Avenue and his girlfriend made a run for it, according to the reports. Beamer chased her, hit her several times and then fled the scene, the reports said.

Deputies spotted Beamer's car southbound "at a high rate of speed" on Powerline Road. The chase led into Oregon, where Beamer turned west onto Whiteman Road and then south onto Spofford Road.

The pursuing deputy lost sight of the silver Dodge as it descended toward Walla Walla River Road. A Umatilla County Sheriff's Deputy spotted Beamer's vehicle headed west "at an extreme speed" toward Milton-Freewater.

Police found the car abandoned at 916 Columbia St. A probable cause warrant for Beamer's arrest includes charges of second-degree assault -- domestic violence strangulation, fourth-degree assault, interfering with making a report, third-degree malicious mischief and driving while suspended.

Luke Hegdal can be reached at lukehegdal@wwub.com or 526-8326.

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