REDMOND, OR -- A transient was arrested earlier this week after leading Deschutes County Deputies on a pursuit through northwest Redmond. According to the Sheriff’s Office, a deputy tried to pull over 51-year-old Lane Eugene Johnson for a traffic violation, at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, but he allegedly took off. The suspect drove down Yucca Way, then on to NW 21st Street before turning around and heading back to Yucca and onto NW Pershall at speeds of around 60 MPH.
The Sheriff's Office says Johnson lost control in the “S” turns where NW Pershall Way turns into NW Coyner. The vehicle left the road, crashed into a large rock and through a fence. He then continued through a field and back to Pershall. After two tires went flat, he reportedly drove on rims across Highway 97 and onto O'Neil Highway at very low speeds. He eventually came to a stop near Yucca Avenue and NE 17th Street, where he was arrested.
Johnson is charged with Attempt to Elude, Reckless Driving, Criminal Mischief, Failure to Perform the duties of a Driver and Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon. He was also cited for Driving While Suspended and Driving Uninsured.