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Bend Police Use Spike Strips In High Speed Chase

BEND, OR -- A 36-year-old Eugene man was arrested early Wednesday morning after leading Bend Police on a high-speed chase. Just after midnight, a green Subaru Legacy was observed committing multiple traffic violations near NE 3rd St and NE Mt. Washington Dr. Officers say they observed increasingly erratic driving and suspected the driver might be under the influence of intoxicants. 

As officers tried to stop the vehicle, they learned that it was listed as stolen out of Eugene. The driver took off down NE 3rd at speeds exceeding 90 miles per hour. Officers soon called off the pursuit out of concern for people in the vicinity. 

Just before 2:30 a.m., a Bend Officer located the stolen vehicle near NW Newport Ave.  As the vehicle continued on NE Olney Ave towards NE 3rd St. The driver fled for a second time on NE 3rd St. Officers set up spike strips on Highway 20 near the Sheriff's office. The driver continued towards Tumalo and eventually lost control, colliding with a guardrail near the Deschutes River. The driver continued in the vehicle back toward Bend, and an officer deployed spike strips a second time. 

Eventually the Subaru spun out and came to rest near the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office. Osman ran from the vehicle through Cascades Village parking lot, and was taken into custody in front of Food 4 Less. Ervin Osman faces a long list of charges, including DUI and meth possession.  

This incident is still under investigation and additional charges may be added.  If anyone has additional information, they are encouraged to call the Bend Police Department at 541-693-6911. No injuries were reported during either pursuit. 

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