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La Pine woman facing charges after six-mile DCSO pursuit on FS road

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Deschutes County Sheriff's Office
Scene where Forest Service road pursuit ended near La Pine on Thursday

La PINE, Ore. (KTVZ) -- A La Pine woman who sped through a stop sign at Highway 97 Thursday led a Deschutes County sheriff's deputy on a six-mile pursuit on a Forest Service Road before getting stuck in the snow and being arrested, deputies said.

Around 10 a.m., a deputy was monitoring traffic at the intersection of Highway 97 and State Recreation Road when a silver Dodge pickup heading east crossed the highway at a high rate of speed and failed to stop at the stop sign, Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp said.

The pickup, driven by Emma Pickett, 34, of La Pine, narrowly avoided a collision with southbound traffic on Highway 97 and continued east onto Forest Service Road 9735, Vander Kamp said.

The deputy who witnessed the incident tried to pull Pickett over, but she didn't stop, leading to the six-mile pursuit into the forest at speeds of 35 to 55 mph, with no other traffic present.

Pickett's truck eventuall became disabled in the snow on the forest road, the sergeant said. She was then taken into custody without further incident

At the time of Pickett's arrest, deputies found a user amount of methamphetamine and a large dagger, Vander Kamp said.

Pickett was cited in lieu of custody on charges of attempting to elude by vehicle, reckless driving, felon in possession of a prohibited weapon and meth possession. She was released on her own recognizance, Vander Kamp said.

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