Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

On 2/26/2024 at approximately 9:20 pm, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office deputies attempted to contact a subject driving a white Toyota 4Runner that had abruptly turned into the Deschutes National Forest from China Hat Rd. near mile post 2. The 4Runner stopped and the male driver immediately exited the vehicle and ran on foot westbound through the forest. 

Deputies developed information that the male was Jonathan Hurlbut who was wanted in Deschutes County on a warrant for Theft in the Second Degree. The City of Bend Police Department advised they had probable cause to arrest Hurlbut for Theft in the Second Degree, and Oregon State Police advised they had probable cause to arrest him for Felony Eluding a Police Officer.

DCSO deputies along with K-9 Vinnie tracked Hurlbut on foot west and south through the Deschutes National Forest. Bend Police Department responded, with a drone operator and K-9 Buck. K-9 Buck picked up the track and led the Patrol units southbound to a trailer at a camp belonging to Hurlbut off of China Hat Rd. near mile post 3.

DCSO and Bend Police surrounded Hurlbut’s trailer and made verbal contact with him at approximately 11:10 pm. Hurlbut exited his trailer and was taken into custody without further incident. Hurlbut was transported to the Deschutes County Adult Jail where he was lodged on the charges mentioned below.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Bend PD for their assistance in tracking and capturing Hurlbut. 

Charges: ORS 811.540 Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer, ORS 164.045 Theft in the Second Degree, Warrant-Fail to Appear (original charge Theft in the Second Degree)

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