Two arrested after eluding police and crashing
Two Prineville residents were arrested Thursday night after attempting to elude police and crashing near O'Neil Highway.
On Thursday, Dec. 14 at about 10 p.m., an officer from the Prineville Police Department attempted to stop a 1998 Mercury Sable for multiple traffic violations, according to a report from Capt. Larry Seymour. The driver of the vehicle, Austin Owens, attempted to elude the officer after the officer activated his emergency lights and siren in the area around South Main Street. Owens had a passenger in the vehicle, later identified as Jordan Breshears.
Owens rapidly accelerated in an attempt to elude the officer, and in doing so, violated numerous traffic violations. The officer attempted to safely follow Owens, but after losing sight of the vehicle, he discontinued the pursuit and turned his siren and emergency lights off. Owens was last seen driving west on Northwest Third Street near Main Street.
Within a couple minutes, the officer noticed what appeared to be a single-vehicle traffic crash on Highway 126 between O'Neil Highway and Highway 26 near the bridge. It was determined Owens had crashed his vehicle up against the cement barrier.
The crash was witnessed by several concerned citizens as well as another driver who had to maneuver their vehicle in order to avoid a collision. Owens and Breshears were witnessed fleeing the area west toward Rimrock Road.
Several citizens remained at the crash and provided assistance to officers. Another citizen, an adult male in his 60s, actively pursued the suspects on foot and assisted officers in locating the suspects, who were hiding in tall brush a couple hundred yards from the crash.
Owens was positively identified as the driver of the suspect vehicle, and Breshears was identified as the passenger. Both subjects were arrested and transported to the Crook County Jail.
Owens, age 24, was charged with attempt to elude police in vehicle, attempt to elude police on foot, reckless driving, reckless endangering, failure to perform the duties of a driver, criminal mischief II, felon in possession of a restricted weapon, and parole violation/arrest warrant.
Breshears, age 25, was charged with attempt to elude police on foot and parole violation/arrest warrant.
After court on Friday, both subjects were held with no bail and no release detainers.
No other vehicles were involved in the crash, and there are no outstanding suspects related to this case.
"The Prineville Police Department would like to thank the good citizens of our community for their assistance with this criminal investigation," Seymour said. "We don't encourage citizen foot chases because of the inherent dangers involved, but without the assistance of this citizen, it's unknown if we would have been able to make an arrest. It's not the first, nor will it be the last time I say this, it was a team effort amongst police and the citizens we serve. Thank you."
If anyone has additional information on the two subjects, contact the police department by phone at 541-447-4168, or by on Facebook page at facebook.com/PrinevillePD.