Police seek car chase fugitive
- Madras Pioneer - News
Drove stolen vehicle into creek
Warm Springs Police Department and Oregon State Police are asking for the public's help to locate the driver of a stolen vehicle who attempted to elude officers for approximately 60 miles Monday morning following a traffic stop near Government Camp.
The driver ran from the stolen vehicle after abandoning it in a creek on the Warm Springs Reservation and eluded capture following an area search.
On Nov. 5, at 10:20 a.m., an OSP senior trooper stopped a 1992 Chevrolet pickup displaying Oregon license plates while traveling west on U.S. Highway 26 near milepost 58 for a speed violation.
The vehicle was occupied by an adult male driver and adult female passenger, both Native Americans. During the stop, the driver refused to identify himself and when advised he was under arrest he fled in the pickup which was confirmed as a stolen vehicle from the Madras area earlier that morning.
The pickup attempted to elude the trooper northbound on Highway 35 until the Mount Hood Meadows junction, where it turned around southbound back to U.S. 26. The pickup then headed eastbound on U.S. 26 at speeds up to 85 mph.
Warm Springs Tribal Police Department was notified and set up to deploy spike strips west of Warm Springs. The pickup avoided the spike strips and then turned off U.S. 26 onto Mill Creek/B140 Road, a gravel road.
WSPD then took over the lead position with assistance from an OSP Fish and Wildlife Division trooper and the trooper involved in the original traffic stop.
About five miles off U.S. 26, at approximately 11:15 a.m., the pickup tried to travel across Shitike Creek but couldn't traverse through the water because of its depth and current.
The male driver and female passenger fled from the pickup as it stopped in the water. An OSP trooper overtook and detained the female passenger, but the male driver avoided capture after an area search. The passenger was not arrested and the investigation is continuing.
Subsequent investigation led by WSPD has identified the driver as Sunner Johnson Bailey Sr., 25, of the Warm Springs area, who is known to have previously carried weapons.
He is described as being 5 feet, 10 inches tall, of medium build, black hair and brown eyes, with numerous tattoos including a feather on the left side of his face near his eye and the word "Mandy" on the right side of his neck.
Anyone with information to help locate Bailey is asked to contact WSPD at 541-553-1171.