PRINEVILLE, OR -- Prineville Police continue to search for a vehicle that succeeded in eluding an officer during a Saturday night traffic stop. Police attempted to pull over a white Cadillac near SE Seventh and Holly Street, at about 9:30 p.m. The driver refused to stop, traveling through southeast Prineville at low speeds with its hazard lights on. At one point, the car stopped and let a passenger out, near Sixth and Juniper. Officers say he appeared to pick up a knife as he got out.
The pursuing officer chose to continue following the vehicle, and that passenger has not been identified. Prineville PD deployed spike strips, in an attempt to force the suspect to stop, but the car turned prior to running over the strips. The driver increased speed as it turned on to SE Juniper Canyon Road, and the pursuit was terminated as it left city limits.
The suspect vehicle is a 2004 white Cadillac SRX (similar to below) with Washington plate 523-YHZ. It's also described as having an off-colored or maroon front passenger-side fender. Anyone with information in the case is asked to contact Prineville PD at 541-447-4168.