Vandals push car over side of canyon


PENDLETON -- A local couple's camping trip turned into something from a cut-rate thriller as they were awakened Sunday by the sounds of someone destroying their car.

"It was really dark. It was just the two of us," Hannah Bachs said, adding neither she nor her boyfriend Matthew Boudreaux were armed. "They were willing to do that much -- what else where they willing to do?"

Boudreaux and Bachs were sleeping in their tent near the Tiger Canyon Road in the Umatilla National Forest. Bachs said they heard a truck driving around, and then they heard the windows of Boudreaux's 2004 Chevrolet Malibu being smashed.

"They took their car and hit our Chevy Malibu, or shoved it off the side (of the canyon)" Bachs said, adding there was definitely more than one person.

Umatilla County Sheriff John Trumbo said photos clearly show skid marks where it was pushed to the edge, and the car rolled several times.

"I've never heard of this occurring before," Trumbo said, adding there are currently no suspects.

According to Bachs, the incident took place at about 1 a.m. Sunday, and neither she nore Boudreaux left the tent during the rampage.

Tuesday, the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office identified the attack with another report of a rental car rolling over the edge of a scenic viewing area the same weekend. Trumbo corrected the record today, saying the two were separate reports.


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