LA GRANDE, OR -- A Redmond man remains in the Union County Jail following a Friday police chase through several eastern Oregon cities. A La Grande car dealership reported 54-year-old Shawn Lee took a test drive Friday afternoon, but didn’t return. When State Troopers checked the ID left at the dealership, they discovered Lee had a Deschutes County warrant.
The car was discovered in the parking lot of Wildhorse Casino, in Pendleton. But, when Umatilla Tribal Police tried to find the suspect inside the casino, he returned to the car, spotted a patrol car and took off. Tribal Police chased him for a short time, but the pursuit was terminated for safety reasons.
A La Grande-based State Trooper then saw the vehicle driving eastbound on I-84. It ran over police spike strips but continued for several miles. The highway was briefly closed near La Grande until Lee was taken into custody. He's charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Burglary, Attempt to Elude, a Probation Violation and Failure to Appear. OSP says the investigation is ongoing and more charges could follow.