LA GRANDE, Ore. – Police arrested a wanted fugitive after he drew attention by driving suspiciously in a stolen car down Interstate 84 near La Grande Thursday.
Around 3 p.m., a state trooper was pulling onto the interstate when he looked in his rearview mirror and noticed a white Toyota Camry hitting the brakes, said Lt. Gregg Hastings with Oregon State Police.
The trooper decided to slow down and keep an eye on the driver. The car then passed the trooper, who promptly ran a check on the car’s Washington plates.
It turns out the car was stolen, so the trooper hit the lights and pulled the driver over near exit 261.
Inside the car was 40-year-old Jon Wesley Jensen Jr. of Covina, Calif., a 33-year-old woman and a sleeping 1-year-old child in the back seat, Hastings said.
Jensen was a wanted fugitive out of California on a felony parole violation for a carjacking, Hastings said.
The car’s owner reported it stolen after she started the vehicle to let it warm up and went back inside her Walla Walla, Wash. home. When she returned, the car was gone, Walla Walla police told state troopers.
Jensen was taken to the Union County Jail as a fugitive and on additional unauthorized use of a motor vehicle charges.The woman and child were taken from the scene by the Department of Human Services.