A Jackson County man is being held in the Deschutes County Jail for allegedly stealing a car, fleeing from police at high speeds outside Bend and possessing methamphetamine Monday.
Shady Cove resident Richard James Roy, 44, was held in the jail Tuesday without bail on charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, attempt to elude in a vehicle, attempt to elude on foot, possession of methamphetamine, reckless driving, reckless endangerment, driving while suspended, third-degree theft and a parole violation, jail records show.
Oregon State Police said a fish and wildlife trooper was on patrol at 2:30 p.m. Monday on China Hat Road near milepost 3 south of Bend when he spotted a red 2000 Cadillac Eldorado that had been reported stolen.
"When he confirmed it, the chase was on," said OSP Lt. Steve Mitchell.
The trooper tried to pull the vehicle over but it drove away at a high rate of speed. The trooper briefly lost sight of the car before seeing it turn onto nearby Horse Ridge Road.
The vehicle drove onto the road's dirt portion, where police caught up. It continued at a high rate of speed on the dirt road for several minutes. The rough terrain damaged the vehicle's undercarriage and popped one of the tires.
"It was just no longer drivable, and that was when he decided to flee," Mitchell said.
The driver, later identified as Roy, ran from the disabled car, but officers caught up with him and arrested him a short distance from the vehicle, police said.
The arresting officer found a small amount of methamphetamine on Roy during the arrest, according to police.
Roy could face additional charges. The case is under review by the Deschutes County District Attorney's Office.
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