LA PINE, OR -- A La Pine man faces a long list of charges after allegedly leading Oregon State Police on a high speed chase through residential streets, Friday evening.
According to Oregon State Police, just before 7 p.m., 22-year old Tylor Bates rear-ended an SUV stopped to allow pedestrians to cross Highway 97 at 1st Street in La Pine. An OSP trooper witnessed the accident and heard a young girl yell she wanted out of the car. Bates put the car in reverse and fled the crash scene. As the trooper pursued Bates, a boy was seen jumping from the moving car and rolling across the road. Witnesses ran to help him, as the trooper continued the pursuit. That boy was later identified as Bates' 14-year old brother.
OSP says the Chrysler Sebring reached high speeds as it passed other vehicles on both sides of the road. Eventually, Bates lost control of his vehicle on Skidgel Road, rolled into a ditch, through a couple of fences and hit a tree before stopping.
The OSP trooper discovered Bates' 11-year old sister holding a dog near the crash scene. Investigators say she was trying to escape the driver. She told police Bates punched her in the face while driving, prior to the initial hit and run crash. A third sibling - a 9-year old brother - was found uninjured near the first crash on Highway 97. Troopers say he also jumped from the moving vehicle.
Bates faces DUII, reckless driving, felony hit and run and felony attempt to elude, among other charges.