Crook and Deschutes County authorities apprehended a Prineville man Sunday who was involved in a local high speed chase Saturday morning.
At about 2 p.m., a Crook County deputy spotted 28-year-old Lonnie Fosburg driving a white 1998 Subaru Forester west on Southeast Lynn Blvd in Prineville. The deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop while traveling north on South Main Street, and Fosburg sped away and immediately drove into the oncoming lane, causing a vehicle to have to pull to the shoulder.
The pursuit was discontinued at that time. Fosburg continued northbound on Main Street, and nearly hit a Prineville Police Department patrol vehicle.
At around 2:20 p.m., Fosburg was again spotted by a CCSO deputy in the area of milepost 4 on O'Neil Highway. The deputy followed Fosburg until joined by a Deschutes County Sheriff's Office deputy. A traffic stop was initiated near NE 25th and O'Neil Highway, and Fosburg again failed to yield.
After again leading deputies on a pursuit, DCSO discontinued the pursuit in the area of Northeast 19th and Hemlock in Redmond. There were multiple short pursuits that followed: DCSO located the suspect driving near where the last pursuit was discontinued. Fosburg drove out onto BLM, and the pursuit was discontinued shortly after this. DCSO located him driving in the area of Johnson Ranch Road and Alfalfa Market Road. The pursuit was discontinued shortly after it began for public safety. DCSO located Fosburg driving on Juniper Road, and pursued him until he arrived at an address in the 25000 block of Bachelor Lane in the Alfalfa area.
Fosburg attempted to hide the white Subaru behind a building, but he was contacted at gunpoint by DCSO and Redmond Police Department personnel and was taken into custody without incident. Fosburg had a female passenger with him who was not charged in this case.
The Sunday pursuit followed another high-speed chase that occurred Saturday morning. Around 8 a.m., a Deschutes County Sheriff's Office deputy attempted to stop Fosburg for a traffic violation at the junction of O'Neil Highway and Highway 97.
Fosburg, who was driving a red 1992 Ford Taurus, fled leading the deputy on a pursuit with speeds reaching around 90 miles per hour. DCSO discontinued the pursuit on Highway 97 into Terrebonne.
Then around 8:20 a.m., a Crook County deputy driving westbound on Northwest O'Neil Highway located Fosburg driving eastbound toward Prineville near milepost 13. The deputy turned around to stop the car, and the suspect immediately sped off and led the deputy on a pursuit towards Prineville, with speeds reaching around 100 miles per hour. The pursuing deputy saw Fosburg cross over the center lane line multiple times, in some instances crossing all the way into the oncoming lane.
When Fosburg arrived at the intersection of Highway 126 and O'Neil Highway, he turned toward Prineville, cutting off a semi truck. CCSO terminated the pursuit at that point.
After the pursuit had been terminated, Fosburg nearly hit a Prineville Police Department patrol car head on and as he continued east on Northwest Third Street, he went into the oncoming lane to pass eastbound cars and he ran a red light at a high rate of speed at the intersection of Third Street and Harwood Street.
A vehicle matching the description was called in by a citizen shortly thereafter for nearly hitting a motorcycle when Fosburg ran a red light at the intersection of Northeast Third Street at Main Street.
Fosburg then went missing for the remainder of the day prompting police to solicit information on the case from the public.
Fosburg was transported to Deschutes County Jail Sunday and lodged on three counts of felony attempt to elude, four counts of reckless endangering, two counts of reckless driving, and a parole warrant. He faces similar charges in Crook County as well.