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Bend fugitive from police chase, manhunt captured at transient camp

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Deschutes County Jail (new, file photos), Sheriff's Office
Brenden Camirand, who eluded police after pursuit of stolen car on April 30, has been captured transient camp; police drone image from when officers surrounded his trailer

(Update: Camirand arrested at transient camp, jailed)

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – A Bend fugitive wanted since an April 30 police chase and manhunt had police surrounding his travel trailer, which turned out to be unoccupied, has been captured in the same area, at a transient camp north of Bend, Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies said Saturday.

Deputies took Brenden Michael Camirand, 28, into custody without further incident at a transient camp east of Highway 97, near Fort Thompson Lane, Sgt. James McLaughlin said.

Camirand was booked into the county jail early Saturday on three outstanding warrants and was held without bail on a parole violation, along with new charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, felony and misdemeanor attempting to elude police (in a vehicle and on foot), methamphetamine delivery and possession, heroin possession and a misdemeanor charge of driving with a suspended license.

Around 7 p.m on April 30th., Bend police notified deputies a stolen Honda Civic was seen leaving the city to the north on the Bend Parkway, Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp said.

Deputies spotted the car heading north on Highway 97 at Robal Road. They tried to pull the car over, but the driver, later identified as Camirand, sped away, triggering a pursuit.

Camirand had three outstanding arrest warrants, Vander Kamp said; court records show they are for driving with a suspended or revoked license, from late last year and early this year.

Court records also show Camirand pleaded guilty last summer to fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and was sentenced to nine days in jail, 18 months probation and a 1-year driver's license suspension. A month later, due to a probation violation, his sentence was revised to 60 days in jail.

Camirand turned east onto public land near Fort Thompson Lane, then traveled off-road to a homeless camp, where he got out and ran, Vander Kamp said.

Deputies found a nearby travel trailer Camirand lives in and surrounded it, also calling in a drone and armored SWAT vehicle. Believing he likely was inside, they called for him to peacefully surrender and got no reply.

Deputies also obtained a search warrant for the trailer and, with the help of DCSO SWAT Team members, forced entry into the trailer late that night. But he was not inside, Vander Kamp said.

The car was returned to its owner. Deputies were assisted at the scene by Bend and Redmond police.

Central Oregon / Crime And Courts / Deschutes County / News

Barney Lerten

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  1. Why no story on Lansing? Because you think exercising Constitutional rights are violent? You think we’re kidding? By not reporting on it, your left-wing bias is STRONGLY showing. Gonna tell us “Too much local news to keep up on”, or you gonna tell us the truth?

    The truth is……you don’t wanna scare mamma kate….do ya? Well guess what?

    1. Why don’t you move to Lansing? Then you can be with all your like-minded snowflakes who think mitigating a highly transmissible virus is infringing on your rights. Such a selfish tantrum.

      On topic: glad the vehicle was returned so rapidly.

    2. who is the “we” you write of – you and your pals must be a force to be reckoned with… in your own minds – that “Well guess what?” sounds pretty intimidating – must have practiced it in the mirror for a while

    3. No story on the UFO sighted in Klamath Falls or the latest claim of Obamagate by The Chosen One either. Why not? Probably because this article is about the apprehension of one person (and not an alien). Good journalism sticks to the subject at hand.

  2. Not to worry, this is a “non violent offender”, I don’t know why they were even bothering him. It is just three outstanding arrest warrants, and a stolen car, I’m sure the person he stole it from didn’t even need it, probably someone with to much money anyway. Why go to so much trouble, and expense, when the Sheriff would just let him go the next day, you know, because he is a “non violent offender”.

    1. did you mean “too”? – according to the article, it would seem that law enforcement exercised significant effort in an attempt to apprehend the guy – not sure what you are on about, are you?

    2. the sheriffs dept. doesn’t have any say in the matter whether or not they get to leave, all they do is open the door when they are told to. the sheriffs can do an arrest by citation ,but it sounds like this guy was beyond that

  3. its easy to hide in those juniper trees. if I had 3-4 warrants out for my arrest I would probably have a hidden fort or 2 around my camp trailer, with a good vantage point so I could see the 1 road and the camper.

  4. People wouldn’t mind “transient” or bums camping out on their streets in campers if they cleaned up after themselves. At least take back the stolen shopping carts to the store you stole them from. If you can pack in your garbage, you can pack it out. I visited Mom for mothers day from my great new state that welcomed my business. She lives near the abandoned hospital called “St Charles.” (Didn’t see a single person there) But the trailer park nearby on the cul-de-sac was filled with garbage and shopping carts. Cruised off Robal road out by Standard Appliance and saw a practical landfill there.
    And I read State Parks are closed to boondockers because the transients are dumping garbage and human waste at camp sites? Great going transients. Clean up after yourself like the rest of us and you might be able to stay. And yes… I acknowledge the 90%
    give the other 10% a bad name.

  5. They thought he ran but funny they now have changed his charges. He wasnt in a stolen car and there was no evidence he was even driving that day. So the police wasted alot of money and destroyed this mans home only to find he wasnt even in the trailer. From what i have heard the man wasnt even in central oregon at the time of the chase.

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