LA PINE, OR -- A 66-year-old man was arrested late last night, following an erratic police chase in south county. Deschutes County deputies were first dispatched to La Pine Inn on a report of a highly intoxicated person out of control, just after 10:30 p.m. The suspect was later identified as Lesley Snyder. By the time deputies arrived, he was gone.
Snyder was quickly spotted driving dangerously, nearly hitting a building. Officials say he refused to stop for pursuing officers on Highway 97. Speeds during the chase ranged from 25 to 65 miles per hour. Several times, he crossed into oncoming traffic, forcing at least one person off the road. After changing directions in the oncoming lanes several times, Snyder ran over spike strips and was eventually stopped using a "PIT" maneuver.
He was taken into custody and, after receiving medical treatment for minor injuries, Snyder was taken to jail. He's accused of Felony Elude, Reckless Driving, Criminal Mischief, DUI, Reckless Endangering, Hit and Run and Attempted Assault III.