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Portland fugitive jailed after La Pine pursuit, standoff


A Portland fugitive at the wheel of a speeding, allegedly stolen SUV took drugs as he led a Deschutes County sheriff’s deputy on a brief pursuit in La Pine Friday morning, then engaged in a standoff before he was taken to the hospital, deputies said. He was arrested and jailed Saturday after his release from the hospital.

Shortly after 11 a.m. Friday, a deputy tried to stop a red Ford Expedition that had been going over 100 mph on Day Road, Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp said.

The driver, identified as Phillip Miles Anderson, 28, of Portland, refused to stop, Vander Kamp said. The deputy quickly discontinued the chase after Anderson drove into a residential area at high speeds.

Minutes later, deputies found the SUV had crashed in a private yard at the intersection of Fifth Street and Amber Lane.

Anderson refused to get out of the Expedition or comply with the deputy’s commands, Vander Kamp said. Streets in the area were closed “for the safety of the community and motorists,” he said in a news release. After about 10 minutes, Anderson was taken into custody without incident.

Deputies learned the SUV had been stolen from Gresham in July. Vander Kamp said he also was ingesting narcotics during the pursuit and stand-off.

Anderson was taken by La Pine Fire District paramedics to St. Charles Bend for evaluation and treatment, then arrested late Saturday afternoon when he was released from the hospital.

Anderson was booked into the Bend jail and held without bail on a parole violation and outstanding arrest warrants from Multnomah County.

New charges against him include unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, felony heroin and methamphetamine possession, attempt to elude police in a motor vehicle, reckless driving, recklessly endangering, misdemeanor driving with a suspended license, felon in possession of a restricted weapon, tampering with evidence and second-degree criminal mischief.

No one was injured during the incident, Deputies were assisted at the scene by Oregon State Police and the Sunriver Police Department.

Court records show Anderson has a lengthy criminal history, dating back to 2009, including several felonies involving drugs and attempting to elude police. Just over a year ago, he pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and fleeing or attempting to elude police. A Polk County judge sentenced hm to six months in jail, a year’s drivers license suspension and a year post-prison supervision.

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