Sentencing set for Feb. 20

A Warm Springs man remains in custody of the U.S. Marshal's Service pending sentencing for attempting to elude a police officer.

Jess Homer Stevens III, 29, pleaded guilty to fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer, a Class D felony, which occurred on June 3, just after 3 a.m., in a residential area of Warm Springs.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Jess Homer Stevens IIIWarm Springs police officers, who were in uniform and driving a marked patrol car, conducted a traffic stop on Stevens' car because it had a burned out license plate light, and Stevens initially pulled over.

After identifying himself at Jess Stevens, he learned over the police scanner in his vehicle that he and his female passenger both had outstanding arrest warrants.

When the officer informed him that he was under arrest, he put the car in gear and would not get out of the car, telling the officer, "I have a warrant; I can't go back to jail," according to Craig Gabriel, assistant U.S. attorney, who prosecuted the case.

Stevens then drove away at a high rate of speed. "Multiple police cars pursued him with lights and sirens activated," said Gabriel. "During an extensive chase, the defendant sped from the police at speeds of over 90 mph on both paved and dirt roads in the Warm Springs Agency area."

Eventually, police located his vehicle abandoned and rolling slowly down the street. Through the use of a canine, police tracked and arrested the female passenger, who was hiding in a field near the abandoned car.

Stevens, who had an outstanding probation violation warrant from Sherman County for felony driving under the influence of intoxicants, was not located that night, but was later arrested for fleeing and eluding police.

Sentencing before Judge Michael Mosman is scheduled for Feb. 20, 2014, in the U.S. District Court in Portland.

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