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Two local high speed chases end in suspect arrests

Suspect was arrested for multiple offenses including possession of meth

by: CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Lawrence Stroud

An attempted traffic stop by local police turned into a high-speed pursuit through Prineville on Wednesday evening.
   The chase began when police officers tried to stop 31-year-old Prineville resident Lawrence Stroud.
   “We had a report around 8:30 p.m., of a vehicle driving recklessly over in the area of Bi-Mart,” said Prineville Police Captain Michael Boyd. Following the report, officers located Stroud at Northeast Hudspeth Circle near Rosemont Street.
   Stroud then fled, driving through the Ochoco Heights subdivision, reaching speeds of 35 to 45 miles per hour and running stop signs. He eventually ended up on Northeast Laughlin Road where police applied spike strips that deflated his tires.
   From there, Stroud continued to flee, with the chase concluding on the other side of town near Northwest Ninth and Locust streets.
   Stroud was charged with two counts of Reckless Driving, two counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Elude in a Vehicle, Attempted Assault in the Second Degree, Parole Violation, and Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine as well as multiple driving violations. He was lodged in the Crook County Jail with his bail set at $80,000.
   This was the first high-speed pursuit that Prineville police had conducted in the past few months, Boyd estimated. Although Stroud’s attempt to flee provoked a pursuit, not all situations do.
   “If we can figure out a way to catch the guy later and we don’t believe letting them go presents an ongoing danger to the public, frequently we will stop the pursuit and catch them another time,” he said.
   With Stroud, the police felt he presented a greater risk to the public if they let him go.
   “He was already previously driving recklessly before we dealt with him,” Boyd said.