Two Work Crew Inmates Flee on Quad

Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/15/18

On November 14, 2018, a Corrections Deputy and four inmate workers were at the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Rescue Ranch, east of Bend.  The inmate workers were at the ranch to perform clean up and assist with the care and feeding of the rescue animals we have there.

At approximately 11:25 am, the supervising Deputy lost sight of two of the inmates and began searching for them at the east end of the ranch.  The Deputy discovered the entrance gate onto the property had been forced open.  The two inmates had forced the gate open using the quad and left the property.

As the Deputy began making notifications of the escape, Deschutes County 911 received a call of two males on a quad speeding and “doing cookies” in the area of Arnold Market Road and Rimfire Rd.  The description of the two subject and quad matched that of the two missing inmates.  As deputies and other law enforcement resources began searching the area, another witness reporting seeing the two inmates and quad on China Hat Road heading towards Bend.

An Oregon State Police (OSP) aircraft in the area on regular patrol responded to the area of China Hat Road to assist with the search.  The OSP aircraft was able to locate, track, and coordinate responding resources to the inmates and quad.
At 1228 hours, Inmate Christopher G. Turre was located and taken into custody by an OSP Trooper on National Forest land to the east of the Lava Butte.  The second inmate, Shawn D. McCallister, was located and taken into custody approximately 35 minutes later.  Deputies located him after he had abandoned the quad and fled on foot into a nearby lava field to hide.  Both inmates were returned to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Adult Jail a short time later.

An investigation into the escape determined Turre and McCallister had both drank hand sanitizer from a container that had been located in the jail transport van.  Hand sanitizer is usually around 60% alcohol, with is equivalent to 120 proof liquor.  The hand sanitizer was available to the inmates as a disinfectant during their work crew duties.

Inmates McCallister and Turre now face charges of Escape 2, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Mischief 1 from this incident.  McCallister will also face additional charges of DUII, Attempt to Elude Felony, Attempt to Elude Misdemeanor, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, and Driving While Suspended Misdemeanor. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Oregon State Police, Bend Police Department, Redmond Police Department, Sunriver Police Department, and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM Ranger) for their assistance.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service organization providing patrol, criminal investigations, corrections, civil and search and rescue. Special operations include Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 units. Founded in 1916 and today directed by Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the more than 185,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 180 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.