BEND, OR -- Bend Police chased down two men accused in separate incidents Sunday night. In the first, a man suspected of drunk driving took off from a traffic stop on Southeast Division. After going 75 mph on the Parkway, police say 29-year-old Damian Mendez finally stopped in Romaine Village. His blood-alcohol level was reportedly 0.26 at the time of his arrest. He's charged with DUII, Reckless Driving, Attempting to Elude Police Officer, Failure to Carry Driver’s License, False Information to Police and Felony Driving While Suspended or Revoked.
Less than four hours later, a foot pursuit led to the arrest of Ryan Supica, accused of stealing $300 from a server at 5 Fusion & Sushi Bar and punching another employee. Witnesses called 911 and tried to run after the 35-year-old suspect. After a four-minute foot chase, officers took Supica into custody in the 500 block of NW Broadway. They say they found cash in his back pocket and returned $300 to the server.
Supica was taken first to St. Charles Bend, then to Deschutes County Jail on charges of second-degree Criminal Mischief, third-degree Robbery and an active warrant for a parole violation.