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OSP: Woman had kids in car during police chase topping 100 mph

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UMATILLA COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -

Oregon State Police said a woman tried to get away from troopers at 100 mph with two young children in the car.

It happened just before 1 p.m. in Umatilla County.

Troopers assisted Pendleton police on Interstate 84 near Milepost 197 with a driver trying to elude an officer.

Police said the Ford Explorer was originally sought by the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office related to a non-custodial parental interference complaint.

An OSP sergeant deployed spike strips that struck both front tires of the suspect's SUV near Milepost 188. The Ford Explorer continued five miles down the road until both front tires came off.

The driver, Amelia Cortez, 26, of Hermiston, was taken into custody. She is charged with failing to appear in court, violating her probation and attempting to elude police.

Officers said a 3-year-old boy and an 8-month-old girl were both in the car during the chase. They were in child seats inside the SUV, which investigators later confirmed as stolen.

The children were released to a Umatilla County deputy. Further charges may be pending against Cortez.

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