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HERMISTON, Ore. -- Police were searching for a Hermiston man accused of speeding away from the scene on a motorcycle after his 6-year-old son crashed another motorcyle Tuesday.

Officers were called at about 3:35 p.m. Tuesday to the report of a man and a child riding motorcycles on an around Union Pacific railroad tracks near North 1st Place and West Geer Road, said Hermiston Police Chief Jason Edmiston.

As police arrived, the two fled southbound toward the boy's home in the 600 of Northwest 3rd Avenue, where the boy crashed. His father, later identified as 28-year-old Gregory A. White, sped away from the crash, Edmiston said.

Police took the boy into protective custody and released him to his mother when she got home from work, Edmiston said. They were unable to locate White.

Officers have spoken with Mr. White on the phone, but he refuses to meet with us for fear of going to jail, Edmiston said. We may not always put out a release on people we are looking to arrest, but the incredible lack of responsibility on display during this act trumped any past practice.

White is wanted on charges of eluding an officer, criminal trespassing, child neglect and reckless driving.

He was described as 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. Anyone who knows where he might be is asked to call Hermiston police at (541) 567-5519.

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