La Pine Woman Leads Sheriff's Deputies on Pursuit in South County Forest

Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office 

On April 9, 2020 at approximately 1000AM, a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputy was monitoring traffic at the intersection of Highway 97 and State Recreation Rd in the La Pine area. At the same time, a silver Dodge pick-up driving east on State Recreation Rd, crossed over the highway at a high rate speed without stopping at the posted stop sign. The Dodge driven by Emma Pickett, narrowly avoided a collision with southbound highway traffic and continued east onto USFS Rd 9735.

After watching this, a DCSO Deputy attempted to conduct  traffic stop with Pickett as she sped away on USFS Rd 9735. A pursuit was initiated and the Deputy pursued Pickett for 6 miles into the forest before her truck became disabled in the snow on USFS 9735. Speeds ranged between 35-55 mph and no other traffic was present.

Pickett was taken into custody without incident at the scene. During her arrest, DCSO Deputies located user amount of methamphetamine and a large dagger.  

Pickett was cited, in lieu of custody, for the charges stated above and released on her own recognizance.

Location:    Highway 97 at USFS Rd 9735

Arrested:     Emma A Pickett, age 34, of La Pine, Oregon   

Charges:      Attempt to Elude by Vehicle
                      Reckless Driving
                      Felon in Possession of a Prohibited Weapon
                      Possession of Methamphetamine

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, Street Crimes, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led 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.
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