Was arrested day after chase on unrelated charges
REDMOND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Thanks to a citizen's tip, Redmond police found a stolen car whose driver led them on a high-speed chase on Sunday -- and they also found the alleged driver, who already was in jail on unrelated charges, officers said Wednesday.
Tuesday's tip turned up the stolen black 2012 VW EOS hidden in trees and brush just outside the city, near Southwest Obsidian Avenue and 63rd Street, Lt. Curtis Chambers said.
Officers also were able to identify the suspect in Sunday's car theft as Jeffrey Collins, 37, of Redmond. He already was in the Deschutes County Jail, having been arrested Monday on unrelated charges associated with violating a restraining order, Chambers said.
Collins has now been charged with numerous crimes, including car theft, pursuit, first-degree burglary and misdemeanor crimes. He was being held Wednesday on $80,000 bail, with the jail booking sheet also including charges of harassment, reckless burning, violation of a release agreement and possession of burglars tools, among others.
"The Redmond Police Department is very appreciative of all the information received from the public relating to this investigation," Chambers added.
Police had received a report around 10 a.m. Sunday of a black 2012 VW EOS that was stolen from the 2900 block of Southwest 24th Court, Chambers said.
Officers found the car around 3:45 p.m. Sunday, parked in the Redmond Walmart parking lot, as the suspect was painting the tires and wheels, Chambers said.
Officers tried to contact the man, but he got in and drove away, heading west on Northwest Maple Avenue, then north on Northwest Way into Terrebonne.
The driver eventually headed back south toward Redmond on Highway 97, then started driving south in the northbound lanes of the highway near the exit at North Canal Boulevard and NW Sixth Street, with speeds exceeding 80 mph, Chambers said.
“In the interest of public safety, the officers stopped pursuing the suspect,” Chambers said in a news release. “Many variables are taken into account when officers are pursuing a vehicle/suspect, and in this case, terminating the pursuit was the safest decision.”
The stolen car last was seen heading south on North Canal Boulevard near St. Charles Redmond, the lieutenant said.