REDMOND, OR -- Two people face multiple charges, following an overnight pursuit, northwest of Redmond. A Deschutes County Deputy says a Ford Explorer ran a stop sign at 35th and Oak, nearly colliding with a patrol car, at about 12:30 a.m., Monday. The driver sped away from an attempted traffic stop, leading deputies on a high-speed chase.
During the pursuit, which reached speeds of 90 mph, the suspect stopped the vehicle several times, only to drive off again as the Deputy exited her car. The driver eventually stopped at Northwest Way and Odem Ave, and Deputies detained 20-year-old Malachi Johnson (pictured) and three juveniles.
Investigators learned the Explorer was stolen, and Johnson was in possession of a stolen handgun. He's charged with three counts of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, three counts of Aggravated Theft, Theft I, four counts of Reckless Endangerment, Criminal Mischief I, Felony Attempt to Elude and Reckless Driving. A 14-year-old boy faces three counts of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, three counts of Aggravated Theft and Theft I. The other two kids were released to their parents.
The Explorer was returned to its owner at the scene, with minor damage.