UMATILLA COUNTY:  Attempted theft of cattle chute

UMATILLA COUNTY: Attempted theft of cattle chute

Sheriff’s deputy arrest man in attempted theft of cattle chute.
On November 1, 2019, UCSO Deputy Cody Marcum took a report involving the attempted theft of a hydraulic cattle chute from a farm supply business near Hermiston. When an employee arrived at about 7 am that morning, they found two unknown Hispanic males in the back of the business who had attached the large cattle chute to a hitch on a small, 2008 Nissan Versa sedan. The two men were wearing black ski masks. The employee told the suspects to stop, and they unhooked the cattle chute and sped off. The employee wrote down the Washington license plate on the suspect’s car and gave a detailed description of the car and the suspects. Through a records check, we learned that the Washington plate did not belong on the Nissan Versa, and the correct license plate for the car was an Oregon plate registered to Eric Nava, age 24 from Hermiston. Nava also matched the reporting party’s description of one of the suspects.
On November 4, 2019, a Hermiston PD officer stopped Nava’s vehicle and contacted our office. Deputy Nathan Rankin arrived and noticed the bogus Washington license plate inside Nava’s vehicle. After Nava gave his consent to search the vehicle, Deputy Rankin also found a black ski mask along with drug paraphernalia.
Nava denied any involvement in the crime, but could not explain the items in his vehicle. Deputy Rankin lodged Nava at the Umatilla County Jail for Attempted Theft in the First Degree, Burglary in the Second Degree, and Criminal Trespass.
Deputy arrests man-hauling cattle for DUII
On November 3, 2019, Deputy Trevor Limburg was on patrol on Powerline Road near Umatilla when he observed a truck and cattle trailer, with cattle inside that, was weaving heavily all over the road across both lanes. He stopped the truck and trailer and contacted the driver showed signs of alcohol consumption. Deputy Limburg also smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the truck driver, Alberto Frias Madrigal, age 50 from Hermiston. After Mr. Madrigal performed very poorly during the field sobriety tests, Deputy Limburg arrested him for DUII. Mr. Madrigal’s family member arrived to retrieve the truck, trailer, and cattle. Mr. Madrigal provided a breath sample, which resulted in a measured BAC of .24%. He was cited DUII and Reckless Driving and released.