Motorcycle rider gets jail time for Bombing Range Road Run

Press Release

8-20-2020

Motorcycle rider gets jail time for Bombing Range Road Run

At 4:18pm today, Deputy Thomas Way clocked a motorcycle headed Northbound on Bombing Range Road near milepost 17, at 117mph. The driver refused to yield, and the deputy called in-pursuit. Deputy Ryan Jundt was near the North end of Bombing Range Road, hearing the pursuit on the radio, he turned and setup on Homestead Lane and Bombing Range Road. Several other deputies also headed in that direction, knowing there would be other traffic in the area, and the probability of a bad wreck was high. When the motorcycle came into view of Deputy Jundt, the motorcycle was clocked at 149mph.  Luckily for the motorcycle driver, and all the other drivers on the road, he stopped and was taken into custody, his vehicle was towed and he was transported to the Umatilla County Jail. The outcome could easily have been very tragic and horrific.

24 year-old Matthew Ronald Venth of New York was charged with Felony Attempt to Elude, Reckless Driving and Reckless Endangering.  He was lodged in the Umatilla County Jail.  His bail is set at $20,000.

Traffic safety and keeping all citizens and visitors safe on the roads in Morrow County is a priority for the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office, regardless if you are on a county road, state highway or the interstate.  On average, we issue four warnings for every citation we write.  The point is not income for the county, but safer road travel for you. Which is why each year, besides our regular time spent on traffic safety, we also participate in the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Oregon State Sheriff’s Association (OSSA) Traffic Safety Grant Programs.  They cover the cost for deputies to enforce traffic safety laws.

Your safety on the road is priority to the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office, wherever you are in the county.