Two local high speed chases end in suspect arrests
- Jason Chaney
- Central Oregonian - News
Chase originated in Jefferson County before Crook County deputies took over the pursuit
Crook County law enforcement pursued the driver of a stolen vehicle through multiple Ochoco West Subdivision roads early Wednesday morning before finally apprehending the suspect.
The pursuit of 25-year-old Warm Springs transient Gunner Johnson Bailey Sr. began in Jefferson County before ending up in Crook County.
Crook County deputies and Prineville police officers attempted to stop Bailey by deploying a spike strip at Highway 26 and Northwest Gerke Road. He turned onto Northwest McCabe Road to avoid the spike strip, and continued to elude authorities, reaching speeds as high as 70 miles per hour.
The pursuit ultimately led to the Ochoco West Subdivision, where law enforcement personnel continued to chase Bailey down several neighborhood streets, reaching speeds of 35 to 40 miles per hour.
“We try not to get into pursuits unless we really have to because you have to weigh the risk to the public,” said Crook County Undersheriff John Gautney. “At that particular time of the day, it was 3 a.m., there was no traffic on the road, and no hazard in pursuing the vehicle.”
Bailey finally crashed the vehicle through a metal gate and continued uphill on a muddy road where the vehicle eventually got stuck. The two occupants then fled on foot.
Deputies secured the vehicle and maintained a perimeter until Redmond Police and Deschutes County K9 units arrived.
Bailey was apprehended a short distance away and was bitten by the K9 during the incident.
“Normally, the dog will bark and hold if the guy is not resisting,” Gautney said. “If the guy resists, then the dog will try to get them under control.”
Bailey was later treated at Pioneer Memorial Hospital and released before being lodged in the Crook County Jail.
He was charged with Attempt to Elude Police, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and Criminal Mischief I. Bail for his charges was set at $15,000, although Bailey has a No Bail Hold by the U.S. Marshal Service.
“This guy has a history, I understand, of eluding police,” Gautney said.
Law enforcement personnel did not find the passenger of the vehicle, and is seeking information on his whereabouts. He is between 5 feet 9 inches and 5 feet 11 inches tall, about 165 to 170 pounds, and was last seen wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt and jeans. If you have any information, call the Crook County Sheriff’s Office at 541-447-6398.