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Driver flees NE Bend traffic stop; police K-9 team finds suspect hiding in bush

Bend Police Dept.

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – An attempted traffic stop in northeast Bend late Wednesday afternoon was followed a short time later by the discovery of the abandoned car, a police search of the area and the arrest of the driver after a K-9 team found him hiding in a bush, officers said.

Shortly before 5 p.m., a Bend officer tried to pull over a Honda Accord’s driver for careless driving in the area of Greenwood Avenue and Fourth Street, Sergeant R.C. Bigelow said.

The driver did not stop, but officers did not pursue it; instead, a description of the car was broadcast by radio to other officers, Bigelow said.

Less than 20 minutes later, another officer found the abandoned car in the area of Five Street and Burnside Avenue, the sergeant said. More officers arrived in that area and a search perimeter was established.

Bend police K-9 Kim and handler Corporal James Kinsella conducted a track of the suspect to the area of Sixth Street and Clay Avenue, where the suspect, a 42-year-old Bend transient, was found hiding in a bush. Kinsella said he was taken into custody without further incident and without injury.

Bigelow said the suspect possessed evidence tying him to the car, and a search warrant was granted, which turned up evidence of other crimes.

The man was lodged in the Deschutes County Jail on charges of attempting to elude police, reckless driving, reckless endangering and felon in possession of a restricted weapon, brass knuckles.

Police were assisted by Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Ronin and handler Deputy Michael Mangin.

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    1. How dare one point out the truth! At least, DA Hummel might actually have to prosecute this case before his swan song as we dodged the bullet of him being US DA for Oregon.

  1. Bend PD had a busy afternoon- first this incident then a stolen truck at the Goodwill off Hwy 97. Both suspects described as “transients”. Many of the unhoused transients would normally be in jail if it wasn’t for Measure 110 and the catch and release policy due to COVID.
    California passed prop 47 in Nov 2014 (similar to 110 but also reduced penalties for shop lifting) and the state has seen a dramatic increase in crime. Oregon (and Bend) are heading in the same direction.

  2. I think he will end up getting a fine and probation. He will skip out on the probation and be free until his next crime where they will charge him with a probation violation. 90% of the residents at the DCJ are probation/parole violators. They spend a couple of days in jail and are released until they are picked up again on a probation/parole violation. And the saga continues.

  3. Don’t mess with the anarchist “homeless ” pawns to usher in socialism. Bend is test community to see just how far lib soccer moms can be pushed. So far it’s been morbidly fascinating like watching a train wreck.

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