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High-speed pursuit ends in crash of stolen car

A Woodburn man was arrested on charges including driving a stolen car


On a Friday afternoon, Sandy was the site of a high-speed pursuit, ending in an arrest and the wreck of a stolen car. by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Shortly after Officer Jesse Steffanson ended the pursuit, the suspect vehicle crashed off of 362nd Drive.

On Friday, July 18, Sandy Police Officer Jesse Steffanson was passing near Sandy Fred Meyer, when he saw a vehicle driving carelessly through the parking lot. Steffanson ran the license plate of the black Ford Explorer, found that there was no insurance registered, and attempted to stop the vehicle on Highway 26.

Instead of stopping, the vehicle accelerated through the light. Steffanson followed in pursuit.

Despite lasting for a few minutes, the pursuit was ended in a concern for public safety due to high speeds in Sandy neighborhoods, Steffanson said.

In a pursuit such as this, Staffanson said, there are lots of factors that go into deciding to terminate, as officers don’t want to send a message that suspects can just drive away and police won’t follow. He said that it boils down to risks versus outcome, and in this case, risks won out.

However, shortly after the crash, the Ford Explorer crashed on 362nd Drive near Skogan Road. The occupants fled on foot.

Sandy Fire District responded to help with the fiery aftermath. Steffanson said the car was totaled.by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Sandy Fire responded to the scene to deal with the fiery crash.

Steffanson located the driver and a Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Deputy found the passenger.

Kevin S. Bond, 41, of Woodburn, who was driving the determined stolen vehicle, had a felony warrant. Bond and his passenger were transported by ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Trauma Center.

Bond was eventually taken into custody for unlawful use of a motor vehicle, attempt to elude, driving while suspended, reckless driving and the existing warrant. He was transported to Clackamas County Jail and lodged on $45,000 bail.

He was also cited for driving uninsured and failure to display registration plates, for allegedly switching plates on the Explorer.

The District Attorney will look into possible further charges.

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