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DCSO’s first use of GPS tagging system leads to fleeing fugitive’s arrest

Deputies discontinued pursuit, used StarChase device to track SUV remotely

SISTERS, Ore. (KTVZ) – A wanted Sisters man who tried to elude Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies was arrested on Sunday, thanks to the agency’s first use of its new StarChase GPS tagging system and a nearly hour-long negotiation that led to his surrender, an official said Monday.

A deputy driving in the area of Highway 20 and South Pine Street around 11:15 a.m. Sunday spotted a 2004 GMC Yukon on Pine Street with apparently expired registration, Sgt. Jayson Janes said.

There also was a history of the SUV being associated with a man the deputy knew was wanted on criminal charges.

The deputy pursued the Yukon briefly until the driver turned back toward Sisters, at which point the pursuit was discontinued for safety concerns, Janes said.

A deputy later spotted the SUV on Fryrear Road, heading toward Highway 126, and followed from a safe distance, advising fellow deputies of their location.

Another deputy spotted the SUV near Buckhorn Road and Highway 126 and was able to successfully tag it with the StarChase GPS dart. Janes said deputies then stopped pursuing the SUV and began tracking it remotely.

The GPS tracker showed the SUV had stopped on BLM land off Buckhorn Road. Janes said deputies contacted the 39-year-old driver, who was alone, but he refused to obey commands to get out. Deputies "worked to de-escalate the situation" and negotiated with him for close to an hour before he agreed to come out, Janes said.

The man was taken into custody without further incident and lodged at the county jail in Bend on charges of felony-attempt to elude police, reckless driving and interference with a police officer.

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    1. Well except for the fact theyve been specifically instructed to not enforce expired registrations during the pandemic, not that sheriff nelson listens to anything but his overblown ego… doubtful the pc for the original stop will hold up, another sad waste of our tax dollars and deputies time

      1. There also was a history of the SUV being associated with a man the deputy knew was wanted on criminal charges.

        I know sometimes if the story is long, (more than two sentence’s) you might give up after the first few words, and jump right into the comments section.

      1. No, we have the name most of the times, he knows it, we no longer automatically name every arrested criminal suspect, it’s a company-wide policy at all NPG stations. It can be easily found, of course. And we do name some suspects. It’s an editorial judgment call each time.

        1. An editorial judgement? So it’s your fault for not reporting on the rapists and child sexual predators arrested every week in this town? You’ve never had the guts to explain why KTVZ never reports on these very scary and serious crimes in this town. It’s embarrassing to this town that people have to watch this garbage news channel.

          1. You cannot find a news station in this country that reports on every rape and abuse arrest, as horrible as such alleged crimes are. It’s an impossibility.
            I’ve explained it many times. You just don’t accept the explanation.
            And as you know, there are options, we do have competition. They don’t do it either. No one does.

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