PORTLAND -- The suspected driver in a deadly March hit-and-run was arrested in Bellingham, Wash. Friday.
U.S. Marshals arrested 23-year-old Ashley Chavez leaving a restaurant on Telegraph Road and getting into a car around 2 p.m.
Portland police said she would face manslaughter, hit-and-run, tampering with evidence, and DUII charges.
A $1,000 reward was offered by Crime Stoppers earlier this weekend a felony warrants were issued for her arrest.
The alleged passenger in the car, Angela Kaps Collins, was arrested on Memorial Day and charged with hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence, said Sgt. Pete Simpson.
She made her first appearance in court Tuesday afternoon. She’s being held in the Multnomah County Jail on $200,000 bail. (Photo by Doug Beghtel/Oregonian).
The Washington County booking mug of Chavez is from a 2011 arrest for misdemeanor assault for an incident in Beaverton.
Nancy Schoeffler was found lying in the road on West Burnside at 11:20 p.m. on March 31, 2012. She was deceased when medical crews arrived. She appeared to be the victim of a hit-and-run accident.
Police also recovered a car from Collins' home in Corbett that they believe was in the collision, sources told KGW.
Neighbor Anna Bute said she had noticed that the family had been doing repair work on a car parked on the property every night for the past three weeks. The effort included a second vehicle, the same make and model car.
Considerable media attention to the story led to several tips to the Crime Stoppers program that helped with the investigation, according to Sgt. Pete Simpson with the Portland Police Bureau.
Simpson said investigators believe the driver has left the state but could be returning soon.
Investigators had determined from clues found on the scene that Schoeffler was struck by a 1996 - 2008 black Honda or Acura sedan. Police put out the word to repair shops to look for such a vehicle with damage to the hood and front windshield.
A $1,000 reward was offered for information in the case.
Portland police said about ten minutes after Schoeffler was struck, two women were seen arguing in the QFC parking lot just down the road and they could be connected to the hit-and-run. Witnesses told police they were standing outside a car with front-end damage.
The two persons of interest in the case were described as women in their mid- to late-20s, with blond hair, short and stocky builds and wearing baseball caps with a Portland Timbers logo on them. Fliers were distributed at Timbers games in hopes a tip would lead to arrests.