Suspect leads police on chase through several counties
WEB - NEWS - Tri-county police chaseA La Pine man led police on a chase through Crook County and two other counties before police finally arrested him Monday night.
Police arrested Joseph Lee Begin, 37, after spike strips stopped his vehicle on Highway 20 in Harney County. According to police, Begin tried to flee on foot but was captured and arrested on multiple charges, including some from a nationwide arrest warrant for escape in Frankfort, Ky.
The chase began shortly before 7 p.m. on Highway 126 east of Redmond in Crook County, near Southwest Millican Road. This followed reports of a car described as a 1990, red Plymouth Colt compact headed eastbound toward Prineville. The vehicle was driving recklessly, according to the Redmond Police Department.
Redmond Officer Brad McMurrian, was in the area at the time and had just come from the Prineville Police Department, according to Capt. Gary DeKorte of the Redmond Police Department.
McMurrian said that Begin had swerved into the other lane and caused two vehicles to almost go off the road to avoid a head-on collision. McMurrian then pursued Begin.
The pursuit also involved sheriff's deputies from Crook, Deschutes and Harney counties, as well as the Oregon State Police.
Begin was being held Tuesday, at the Deschutes County Jail on charges of reckless driving, attempt to elude and other charges resulting from the chase. A Prineville woman who was a passenger in the vehicle was not charged with a crime, according to the Redmond Police Department.
Allegedly, Begin tried to ram several police vehicles.
A pursuing Redmond officer's car ran out of gasoline near milepost 55 and a Crook County Sheriff's deputy continued the chase. At about milepost 94 on Highway 20, an OSP trooper, helped by a Harney County deputy put down "stop sticks", which deflated three of the four tires. Officers had learned of a national warrant out of Frankfort, Ky., for Begin. He was wanted on original second-degree burglary and escape charges.
In Crook County, Begin is facing charges of attempting to elude a police officer and two counts of reckless driving and reckless endangering. He's charged in Harney County with attempting to elude and reckless driving. In Deschutes County, he faces charges of attempting to elude an officer, two counts of reckless endangering and a charge of attempting to assault a police officer, in addition to a no-bail warrant violation of his release agreement on an original charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle.