A Bend man was arrested after allegedly driving drunk and leading local police on a high speed chase.
Bend Police say it happened last night shortly after midnight (12:40a) when 29 year old Paul Akehurst attempted to elude police. The man was driving a 2001 Mercedes and police tried to pull him over on suspicion of impaired driving.
The chase started at the Third Street underpass and police say it reached speeds of 100 miles an hour. Police tried to end the chase with spike strips near Highway 97 and Powers road - the strips gave Akehurst's car 2 flat tires, but then he continued to run, on foot.
Police caught up with him and say the entire chase only lasted about 2 minutes.
He was arrested on DUII, reckless driving, and other charges. Police also say a records check shows he was arrested for driving uner the influence in Deschutes County in March of this year and has 4 prior DUII arrests in Missouri.
Here's the full News Release:
Date: May 29, 2014 Case # 2014-143177
Date & Time of Incident: May 29, 2014 at 0041
Type of Incident: Vehicle pursuit
Location of Incident: SE 3rd Street / S. Hwy 97
29 year old Bend resident
Attempt to Elude (Felony)
Attempt to Elude (Misdemeanor)
On 5/29/2014, at 0041 hours, a Bend Police Officer attempted to stop a 2001 Mercedes Benz for a traffic violation and suspicion of DUII. The driver of the vehicle, Paul Akehurst attempted to elude the officer and a chase ensued. The chase began at the 3rd Street underpass and headed south on 3rd Street reaching 100mph after the vehicle crossed Brosterhous Road. A second Bend Police Officer successfully deployed spike strips near Hwy 97 and Powers Road. Akehurst continued, with two flat tires, south to Badger Road and then fled on foot. The entire pursuit lasted less than two minutes and covered a distance of two miles.
With the assistance of Deschutes County Sheriff’s Deputies and Oregon State Police a perimeter was established. Officers used various investigative techniques which led to the arrest of Akehurst a short time later.
Akehurst was processed for DUII and refused all tests. Officers applied for and were granted a search warrant authorizing Akehurst’s blood be taken as evidence.
A records check revealed that Akehurst was arrested for DUII in Deschutes County in March of this year and has four prior DUII arrests in Missouri.
After going to St. Charles Medical Center for a blood draw, Akehurst was lodged at the Deschutes County Adult Jail on the listed charges.