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Speeds reach 90, but biker gets caught in Madras

Chase lasts over one hour

by: Photo by Joe McHaney - Brent Lee Waldorf, 21, led police on a chase that lasted about 75 miles Monday, and included speeds approaching 60 miles per hour along Fifth and Fourth streets in Madras.


   Three law enforcement agencies were involved in a high-speed chase that passed through Madras, Metolius and Culver Monday afternoon, before ending up back in Madras with the arrest of the motorcyclist.
   Brent Lee Waldorf, 21, of Madras, was arrested on charges of felony attempting to elude on a vehicle, misdemeanor attempting to elude on foot, reckless driving, possession of a stolen vehicle, and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
   The incident began unfolding at about 3:11 p.m. July 23, when an Oregon State Police trooper attempted to pull over a 2009 Kawasaki motorcycle for equipment violations on U.S. Highway 97, near the Crooked River Gorge, about 17 miles south of Madras.
   According to Jed Rzegocki, senior trooper with OSP, the motorcycle, which was northbound, accelerated in an attempt to elude the trooper at speeds that occasionally exceeded 90 mph.
   By the time the motorcycle entered Madras, the Madras Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff's Department had joined the pursuit, which included a half-dozen police vehicles with overhead lights and sirens on following the northbound motorcycle at high speed on Fifth Street.
   The pursuit crisscrossed the city, with Madras police taking over the chase on city streets and even off road, before the motorcycle left the city on Highway 361, passing through Metolius, and then Culver.
   State police terminated their involvement in the pursuit, which lasted for more than an hour, while officers and deputies from the police department and sheriff's office turned off their flashing lights and sirens and followed the motorcycle at a safe distance as it returned to Madras.
   The sheriff's office also enlisted the assistance of two search and rescue pilots who flew over the area to keep track of the motorcycle's location.
   The pilots watched as the motorcyclist returned to Madras and ditched the motorcycle west of Madras behind the Canyon Villa apartment complex on C Street. The pilots and witnesses at the scene directed law enforcement officers to a particular apartment which they reported seeing the suspect enter.
   OSP troopers arrested Waldorf at about 4:30 p.m. He was lodged in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility.
   After an investigation, police discovered that the motorcycle was reported stolen to the Gresham Police Department on March 12. The license plate displayed on the motorcycle had been switched from another motorcycle, they found.
   Police also cited Waldorf for numerous traffic violations.