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Bend man arrested on DUII charge after pursuit


A 35-year-old alleged drunk driver refused to pull over for a traffic stop in northeast Bend Sunday night, leading police on a pursuit several miles down Third Street until his arrest during a high-risk (guns drawn) traffic stop in the Fred Meyer parking lot, officers said.

Seth Peter Morningsun, at the wheel of a 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser, committed a traffic violation at Northeast Fourth Street and Greenwood Avenue around 9:18 p.m., said Sgt. Eric Hagan, who added that the driver failed to stop at a stop sign on Fourth Street.

The officer tried to pull him over, but Morningsun continued to Third Street, then headed south, Hagan said.

Morningsun stopped at Third Street and Brosterhous Road, but when officers tried to make contact, he drove off again.

“During this time, Morningsun motioned to police indicating he knew the police were behind him with their lights and sirens activated,” the sergeant said in a news release.

Morningsun soon drove into the Fred Meyer parking lot, where the high-risk traffic stop took place. Hagan said the driver initially failed to comply with officers’ commands, but was taken into custody without incident a short time later.

Morningsun was booked into the Deschutes County Jail on charges of DUII and fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer. He was held on $10,000 bail.

Bend police were assisted by Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies and Oregon State Police during the incident.

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