Vehicle Pursuit East of Bend; Driver Arrested

Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office utilized our Community Action Target Team (CATT) this afternoon in the area of Powell Butte Highway and Neff Road, focusing on speeding vehicles.  Residents in the area had contacted the Sheriff’s Office about the speed of vehicles in the posted 35MPH zone approaching the roundabout at this intersection.

At approximately 3:00pm, a CATT deputy observed a silver 2002 Honda Accord enter the 35 MPH zone at 76 MPH, determined by radar.  The deputy attempted to stop the Honda for the speed violation, but the driver fled.  The deputy initiated a pursuit of the Honda, which traveled eastbound on Alfalfa Market Road to Elk Lane, where the driver the turned around and drove back towards Bend.  Additional deputies and a Bend Police Officer responded to assist and two sets of spike strips were set up on Alfalfa Market Road ahead of the pursuit. 

The driver of the Honda then turned onto a dirt road near the intersection of Alfalfa Market Road and Bend Road.  He exited the vehicle to run on foot, but surrendered to deputies a short time later. 

There were no injuries as a result of the pursuit and the maximum speed reached was 60 MPH.  The driver, William E. Swanson of Redmond, was subsequently arrested on charges of Fleeing or Attempting to Elude - Felony, Reckless Driving, DUII – Drugs, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, and Unlawful Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance. 

Based on information obtained during the initial contact with Swanson, he was transported to St. Charles in Bend for examination.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.