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Shady Cove man arrested on car theft, eluding and drug charges near Bend

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, is held in the jail 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 reported an OSP Fish & Wildlife trooper was on patrol at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, on China Hat Road near milepost 3 south of Bend. During his patrol, the trooper spotted a red 2000 Cadillac Eldorado, which had been reported stolen. The trooper tried to pull the vehicle over. Police said Roy, the alleged driver, instead 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. Roy allegedly continued driving at a high rate of speed on the dirt roads for several minutes. The rough terrain damaged the vehicle's undercarriage and popped one of the tires. Roy ran from the disabled car, but officers caught up with him and arrested him a short distance from the vehicle.

The arresting officer found a small amount of methamphetamine on Roy during the arrest.

Roy could face additional charges. The case is under review by the Deschutes County District Attorney's Office.

— Ryan Pfeil